HERlead Advisory Council

The HERlead Advisory Council is composed of influential women in the media, business and entertainment who have displayed exceptional leadership.  Members of the Council review, score and recommend outstanding grant proposals as well as serve as mentors to the Fellows and ambassadors of the HERlead Initiative to the public.

Meet the HERlead Advisory Council


Jennifer Morrison

Jennifer Morrison currently stars in ABC’s drama series, Once Upon a Time, as ‘Emma Swan,’ a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic of Fairy Tales become real. The show is currently the highest rated new drama on ABC. She is best known for her work as ‘Dr. Allison Cameron’ on Fox’s critically acclaimed drama House.  The show was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2009, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2008, 2007 & 2006 and a 2008 Golden Globe.  Morrison was recently nominated for a 2008 WIN Award for Outstanding Actress Drama Series for House. She can next be seen at the Tribeca Film Festival in Knife Fight directed by Bill Guttentag and produced by Guerrino De Luca.  The story centers around a young political “crisis manager” who learns a valuable lesson in believing in the most unlikely of people.

Other film credits include J.J. Abrams’ film Star Trek where she played ‘Winona Kirk’, ‘Captain James Kirk’s’ mother ; the 20th Century FOX film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, starring with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie; Dreamworks’ Surviving Christmas starring Ben Affleck and Christina Applegate; and the independent film Flourish which she stars in and produced.  Now residing in Los Angeles, Morrison hails from Chicago, where she studied with the celebrated Steppenwolf Theatre Company and earned a degree in theater from Loyola University.        

Anne Fulenwider

Anne Fulenwider was named editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition of Marie Claire in September 2012.  She oversees all content for the brand’s print magazine, website, tablet editions and brand extensions, including Marie Claire @Work and the brand’s partnership with Lifetime Television’s “Project Runway” series.

Before taking the editor-in-chief role at Marie Claire, Fulenwider had been editor-in-chief of Brides since October 2011.  Prior to that, she served as executive editor of Marie Claire for two years, starting in September 2009.  As Marie Claire’s executive editor, Fulenwider was instrumental in guiding the editorial direction of the magazine, including its special issues and digital editions. 

Previously, Fulenwider served as senior articles editor at Vanity Fair, where she edited Leslie Bennetts, Buzz Bissinger, Dominick Dunne, and others and launched the Fanfair section of the magazine in March 2000. Prior to Vanity Fair, Fulenwider was a senior editor at The Paris Review and served as George Plimpton’s research assistant on his book “Truman Capote.”

Fulenwider graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University in 1995.

Shelly Lazarus

Shelly has been working, as she would say it, “In the business I love,” for more than four decades, almost all of that time at Ogilvy & Mather. Shelly rose through the ranks of Ogilvy & Mather assuming positions of increasing responsibility in the management of the company, including president of O&M Direct North America, Ogilvy & Mather New York and Ogilvy & Mather North America. She was named worldwide CEO of Ogilvy & Mather in 1996 and Chairman in 1997. She became Chairman Emeritus in July 2012. Shelly started at Ogilvy at a time when the agency’s legendary founder David Ogilvy still walked the halls, and personally preached that the purpose of advertising was to build great brands. Under Shelly’s leadership, that essential mission has remained the centerpiece of the company’s philosophy, extending across regions and marketing disciplines, and attracting some of the world’s largest and most respected brands including American Express, BP, Coca-Cola, IBM, Motorola and Unilever among many others. Shelly has been a frequent industry honoree. Advertising Women of New York selected Shelly as its Woman of the Year in 1994. She was honored by Women in Communications with their Matrix Award in 1995, was named Business Woman of the Year by the New York City Partnership in 1996, and Woman of the Year in 2002 by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA). She has appeared numerous times in Fortune magazine’s annual ranking of America’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Shelly was the first woman to receive Columbia Business School’s Distinguished Leader in Business Award as well as the Advertising Educational Foundation’s (AEF) Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a member of the DMA's Hall of Fame and a 2013 American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame inductee. Shelly serves on the boards of several corporate, philanthropic and academic institutions: The Blackstone Group, General Electric, Merck, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, World Wildlife Fund, Partnership for New York City, Lincoln Center, and the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, where she received her MBA in 1970. She served for five years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Smith College, her alma mater. She is a member of Advertising Women of New York, The Committee of 200, Council on Foreign Relations, The Business Council, and Women's Forum Inc. She has also served as Chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies. Shelly is the wife of Dr. George Lazarus, a New York pediatrician, and mother to their three grown children.

Kay Krill

Kay Krill, Board Member of Ascena Retail Group, Inc., and a dynamic and successful entrepreneurial merchant in women's apparel, has more than 35 years of experience working in the industry. The former President and CEO of ANN INC., Kay launched the LOFT brand and built it into a $1 billion business, evolved Ann Taylor, and successfully rebranded the Company. She has distinguished herself as an accomplished leader in women's specialty apparel and in the fashion industry. 

As CEO, Kay was extremely passionate about leading a successful company, but also a caring one. She fervently believes in the fusion of style and substance. As such, she focused her efforts on instilling ANN INC. with an important purpose -  to inspire and connect with women to put their best selves forward every day. This purpose is realized through the Company's cause and corporate social responsibility initiatves that focus on caring for the full lives and well-being of all women. 

In 2007, Kay founded ANN Cares, a charitable platform that supports issues related to women, children and the environment. Under her leadership, ANN Cares has contributed approximately $50 million to their charitable partners, including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Kay is also extremely passionate about empowering the next generation of female leaders. She was the driving force behind the HERlead Vital Voices Initiative.

Kay has been recognized for several years by Crain's as one of the "50 Most Influential Women in New York." Kay is a phenominal role model for girls and young women. She currenty serves on the boards of Ascena Corporation, BCRF and St. Luke's School. She resides in Connecticut with ther twin sons. 


Alyse Nelson

Alyse Nelson is president, chief executive officer, and cofounder of Vital Voices Global Partnership. Under her leadership, Vital Voices has tripled in size and expanded its global reach to serve a network of over 14,000 women leaders in 144 countries.

Previously, Alyse served as deputy director of the Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative at the U.S. Department of State. In her position, she helped design and implement Vital Voices initiatives throughout the world. From July 1996 to July 2000, Alyse worked with the President’s Interagency Council on Women at the White House and U.S. Department of State. She currently serves on Secretary Clinton's Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society and is a Board member of Running Start.

Alyse completed her graduate degree work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2006 she was named one of ''Ten Women to Watch'' by Washingtonian Magazine and in 2011 she was featured in Newsweek as one of ''150 Women Shaking the World.''  In 2012 she was a TIAW World of Difference 100 Award recipient.