MBA Women International Announces Four New Board Members

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MBA Women International is pleased to announce four women executives in leadership roles have joined the board.

MBA Women International is pleased to announce four women executives in leadership roles have joined the board: Laura Freeland, Vice President, American Airlines Cargo Revenue Management; Kate Pullman, vice president of Staffing Operations for Prudential Financial; Neena Newberry, President of Newberry Executive Coaching & Consulting; and Lesley Johnson, CEO/Founder of L. Johnson PMP, LLC a project management services company.

“We are very pleased to announce such an impressive group of new board members to our team,” says Janice Kleinwort, President of MBA Women International. Kleinwort is Director Economic Affairs, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University. She is completing a Master's Degree at Arizona State University, School of Non-Profit Studies.

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Laura Freeland is currently Vice President, American Airlines Cargo Revenue. Freeland will serve as the Treasurer and Finance Director for MBA Women International. She has held a wide variety of management roles in Finance including as Controller, Marketing and AA Vacations. Freeland has served on several other boards including: Board of Big Thought, the Dallas Opera, the African American Museum, as Treasurer and Board member for the Dallas Women’s Foundation, and as the Treasurer for the Swiss Avenue Historic District. Freeland holds an MBA from University of Maryland.

Kate Pullman is vice president of Staffing Operations for Prudential Financial, a global, diverse Fortune 100 financial services company headquartered in Newark, NJ. She is responsible for the delivery of operational services and technical solutions -- including background verification and employment eligibility (I-9) processing, vendor oversight, technology implementation and utilization -- to the company’s US-based recruiting teams, hiring managers, and applicants. She also leads strategic initiatives. Pullman holds an MBA from Rutgers University.

Neena Newberry has been advising and coaching clients for twenty years in midsize to Fortune 500 companies. As the President of Newberry Executive Coaching & Consulting, LLC, Newberry works with companies to strengthen their pipeline of leaders through coaching, development programs, workshops, and facilitation. Neena’s experience spans several industries and she specializes in working with high performing women leaders to get even better results. As a former Director at Deloitte, she led Performance Management & Career Planning for their 40,000 US employees and prior to that worked for ten years in the Consulting practice. Newberry serves on the United Way Women of Tocqueville Steering Committee, is President of ICF North Texas and is on the board of the Dallas McCombs Alumni Chapter. She holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas.

Lesley Johnson is the CEO/Founder of L. Johnson PMP, LLC a project management services company. Johnson has worked for the last fifteen years in the software consulting arena. She has provided consultant services for various Fortune 500 companies leading and assisting in the implementation of ERP software packages, including Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP, Hyperion, BaaN, and several custom-designed software packages. Much of Ms. Johnson’s experience has been in the Telecommunications industry. Johnson is the President of the Atlanta Chapter of MBA Women International as well as serving on the national board of directors for MBA Women International. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.

MBA Women International will hold their annual Leadership Conference and Career Fair October 18-20 in Phoenix Arizona. “We hope to have over 60 corporate partners that will be recruiting and have a great selection of speakers and workshops for professional women and for MBA students,” adds Kleinwort. Already the organization has commitments from the following corporate partners: American Airlines, GE, Human, Deloitte , Ernst and Young, Intel, Petsmart, Cricket Communications, MetLife, Inc. and Prudential. More information about the conference is available.

ABOUT MBA Women International:
MBA Women International is a not for profit organization dedicated to the advancement of business women as corporate leaders, executives and entrepreneurs- enriching workforce diversity around the world.

We serve four related client groups: female MBA students, female business professionals and entrepreneurs, universities and corporate partners. Visit

To find out more about joining a MBA Women International student chapter or a professional chapter contact: Philana Kiely at philana(at)mbawomen(dot)org.

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