Presenters and Discussion Leaders

Faith and Work at Cape Cod Church will feature events involving presentations and panel discussions by a diverse group of active and retired executives who share a passion for encouraging others and who incorporate faith-based principles into their business and personal lives.

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Bryan Pearce

Retired Partner and Global Leader – Entrepreneurship, Ernst & Young

Ask me about: growth strategies, building teams, accessing capital, international expansion, the use of strategic transactions and alliances, and entrepreneurial community building enablers

Bryan is the Director of Faith + Work at Cape Cod Church. During his 38-year career with EY (Ernst & Young) until his retirement in June 2019, Bryan held multiple leadership roles, culminating as EY Global Leader – Entrepreneurship. He led the firm’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year program, which operates in over 50 countries and is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. He was a major contributor to the development of the EY Velocity digital program and of the “EY 7 Drivers of Growth” business model.

Bryan is the co-author of Daring to Compete (John Wiley & Sons, 2019) a book which identifies eight traits of successful entrepreneurs, details how to accelerate business growth, and outlines the importance of intuition in entrepreneurial decision making.

Theresa Mclaughlin

Former TD Bank, Global CMO

Ask me about: marketing, customer experience, analytics and community development within a business setting

During her time at TD Bank, Theresa McLaughlin led a world class team of marketing, customer experience, analytics and community professionals across North America.  That teams significant experience, unrivalled in the marketplace, demonstrated Its commitment to protect and enhance TD’s brand as reflected in TD being ranked the #1 Canadian brand and recognized as a top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand.

Theresa was formerly with several top financial institutions in the United States and United Kingdom, including Citizens Financial Group as Group EVP, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and Head of Corporate and Government Affairs as part of the company’s senior executive team.  She previously held senior positions leading enterprise product management groups and strategy roles.

Theresa was named to American Banker’s Top 25 Women to Watch & has been recognized by several industry awards for her work in financial services marketing and community involvement.

In addition to her role in Enterprise Marketing while she was at TD, Theresa led  their Corporate Citizenship group, helping TD to cement its role as an industry ESG leader and fulfill its deep commitment to helping the communities in which its employees and customers live and work.  She also led the Marketing Data & Analytics team who are responsible for driving decision science and predictive customer analytics. 

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Dan Frawley

Falmouth Ventures, CEO

Ask me about: business models, market sizing and validation, venture capital and business funding, sales growth

Dan Frawley graduated from the United States Naval Academy and started his career as a Naval fighter pilot. After leaving the military, he attended Harvard Business School (MBA), which launched an entrepreneurial career than has spanned the past 25 years.

Dan is responsible for leading Falmouth Ventures, the acquirer of the Gartner/CEB Ventures portfolio of assets which he assembled.  Dan serves as a Director of many of the companies in the portfolio of Falmouth Ventures.

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Jay Batson

Acquia Founder, Techstars Mentor

Ask me about: company founding, angel & VC investment, go-to-market, financial management, CEO Coaching

Jay Batson has been the founder of 4 companies, including 2 venture-backed startups, with some big success and disappointing failure. His biggest success is as founding CEO of Acquia, now an 800+ person company with offices around the globe.  In 2012, Jay invented the “Mentor-in-Residence” role at Techstars. MIR’s spending near-full-time at Techstars during each cohort to help as extensively as possible with companies, and help other Mentors be good at it, too. When not leaning-in at Techstars, Jay provides (mostly technology) startups with help in product, go-to-market, financial management, CEO coaching, and capital. He’s an investor in 2 venture funds, and over 20 direct angel investments.

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Tom Manchester

Brand President MaidPro, former executive with Dunkin’ Brands, Gilette, Ocean Spray

Ask me about: marketing and advertising, business partnerships, franchising

Until recently, Tom  was the Senior Vice President at Dunkin Brands. Over his 17-year career at Dunkin’, Tom led the brand’s sports marketing initiatives and developed its sports strategy built on engaging storytelling and innovative partnerships. He directed Dunkin’s sponsorships of the NHL, NWHL and U.S Women’s National Hockey Team, while two marketing campaigns featuring the brand’s professional athlete partners earned three Clio Awards for creative excellence. Prior to joining Dunkin’, Tom held management positions at both The Gillette Company and Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

Tom also serves on the Executive Team at Cape Cod Church and heads up the free Summer Soccer Camps offered by the church.

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Roy Heffernan

Life is Good

Ask me about: purpose-led business, retail operations, Logistics

Roy Heffernan is a Partner and the former Chief Operating Optimist of The Life is Good Company. A $100 million privately held business based in Boston, MA, Life is Good® spreads positive vibes with its colorful collection of apparel and accessories. Jake, Life is Good’s iconic hero with the contagious smile, teaches men, women and children that optimism is fun, healthy, and empowering.

Roy was directly responsible for multiple business units, ensuring that they delivered on their promises to customers, consumers, and business partners. These included distribution center operations, customer care, finance, IT, human resources and legal. Under his leadership Life is good has centralized operations via the purchase of a 3rd party licensee, fully modernized its distribution center to handle both increased capacity and a vastly expanded product line, and extended the company’s international reach through the incorporation of Life is Good Global.

Roy spent five years as the President of the Board of the Life is Good Kids Foundation. Because Life is Good considers children its ultimate source for inspiration, the company launched its Kids Foundation in 2006 and is totally committed to helping children who face life-threatening conditions as a result of poverty, violence and illness. The Foundation’s action arm, Life is Good Playmakers, is healing and strengthening thousands of children who have suffered from early childhood trauma as the result of violence, abuse, extreme poverty, and natural disasters. Roy considers his Foundation involvement his most significant legacy work.

Prior to joining Life is Good in 2004, Roy spent 20 years in multiple leadership positions within the telecommunications industry, including SVP Business Development for a national cooperative responsible for launching DirectTV in rural America. He also spent several years as a high school teacher and multi-sport coach in Texas and Maine.

Roy and his wife Clare have raised two children whose commitments to serving others are a special source of pride. Their daughter Jana spent two years with Teach For America in inner-city Philadelphia and then went on to teach in Dorchester, MA, while their son Luke assisted young entrepreneurs in Uganda through microfinance while on sabbatical from Price-Waterhouse Coopers.  In addition, the next generation has sprouted with three grandsons and his most recent granddaughter addition.  Roy is a graduate of Middlebury College where he played football and lacrosse.  On summer weekends, he leaves the competition behind for clamming on Cape Cod’s pristine beaches.

Stephen Lawerence

Vanguard

Ask me about: fintech, data science, analytics

Stephen Lawrence is the Head of Investment Management Fintech Data Science at The Vanguard Group. He oversees the integration of new structured and unstructured data sources into the investment process, leveraging a blend of NLP and predictive analytics. Prior to joining Vanguard, Dr. Lawrence was Head of Quantextual Research at State Street Bank where he led a machine learning product team. Prior to that he led FX and Macro flow research for State Street Global Markets. Stephen holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Finance from Boston College. He is also a TED speaker with a 2015 talk titled “The future of reading: it’s fast”.

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Dick Yue

Philip J. Solondz Professor of Engineering, and Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, MIT

Ask me about: oceanography, engineering, open courseware, leadership in academic institutions

Professor Yue received his S.B., S.M. and Sc.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from MIT. He has been a faculty member in the MIT School of Engineering since 1983. He is active in research and teaching in wave hydrodynamics, fluid mechanics and computational methods with applications to coastal and ocean engineering. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in ocean and coastal wave dynamics, nonlinear motions and loads on ships and offshore structures, fluid mechanics of the air-sea interface, and hydrodynamics of fish swimming.

Professor Yue served as the Associate Dean of Engineering at MIT from 1999-2007. During this time, he helped pioneer many educational and research initiatives.  He was the originator of MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW), a program that has transformed the global higher education landscape. OCW has been accessed by a quarter of a billion educators and learners worldwide, and has inspired and helped launch large international consortia devoted to open educational resources. He is also the Founding Faculty Director of the MIT Engineering Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP), and of the MIT Engineering Professional Educational Programs (PEP) office. In 2008, Professor Yue received the MIT Gordon Y. Billard Award for services of outstanding merit to the Institute.

Bob Ripley

Company Founder, Senior Bank and Wealth Management Executive

Ask me about: financial services, finance and administrative

Bob was former President, Merchants Trust Company; former Vice President, State Street Bank; former Executive Vice President, Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank.  Bob started his career in banking at Shawmut Bank and in 1991 founded Trust Tax Services Of America growing it into the country’s second largest provider of trust tax and compliance services and software before being acquired by SunGard in 2003.

Bob received his BS in accountancy from Bentley University; MST from Bryant University; MBA from Nichols College.  He is current Chair of the Falmouth Public Library Support Fund; Board Member of Belonging to Each Other; Chair of Bentley University 1917 Legacy Society, and a Trustee of the Massachusetts Historical Society, serving on their audit, finance, and collections sub-committees.  He is former Chair of the Falmouth Finance Committee.

Charles Galda

President of Vision New England

Ask me about: information technology, M&A, leading not-for-profit organizations

Charles is a senior finance and technology executive with an intense focus on delivering business value through successful teams. His M&A background spans over 100 global transactions, encompassing all commercial, technical and legal components. His background as a CIO includes using technology to competitively differentiate businesses, large scale system integration and development, IT controllership and Audit, leadership development and consulting. Currently Charles leads a non-profit focused on accelerating evangelism through technology and targeted events that build relationships, provide peer learning and collaboration opportunities, to accelerate making disciples who do justice and share the love of Jesus.

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Ed Emma

President & COO of Jockey Corp (ret.)

Ed was the longtime President and COO of the Jockey Corp before retiring to Cape Cod. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and served on the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation. Since transitioning to Cape Cod, Ed has taken up the mantle of mentoring young leaders, spending extra time with family, and writing poetry.

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Mat Capron

AI/ML/Cognitive Leader, Cognizant 

Mat works with AI/ML (Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning) with Cognizant, focusing on the innovation side of employment to create strategy and services. As a panelist Mat contributes an understanding of current and rising trends for workers: how generational differences in values, economic shifts, and environmental impacts are changing the workplace… and what we should all expect to see in the coming years.

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Mark Albers

Exxon Mobil

Mark W. Albers has spent a long career with Exxon Mobil, working his way to the highest ranks of one of the world’s largest companies.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and raised in Texas, Mark joined the company in 1979 and holds a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University. Throughout his career, Mark has held a variety of managerial positions in development, operations, production, and engineering. After several assignments in Texas and New Jersey, in 1991 he was transferred to Esso Australia in Melbourne as technical manager, and later became operations manager. He later held positions as Alaska Interests manager and production manager for the Western US, and vice president of the Africa, Chad/Nigeria regions.

In 2007, Mark was named Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil. Mark’s experience with the corporation has put him in front of world leaders to negotiate billion dollar contracts. At the same time, it has also taught him a lifetime of lessons on the fusion of faith and leadership that he loves to share with others. 

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Dale Seibt

Vice President, Aerie Pharmaceuticals

Dale spent 29 years at ALCON & Novartis Dale before retiring as Head of Market Access… and that transition didn’t happen exactly as planned. After spending just under a year in retirement Dale realized he missed the work he had dedicated his career to. Dale re-entered the industry and has been the Vice President of Market Access at Aerie Pharmaceuticals for the past 4 years. Transition stories come in all shapes and sizes

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Ben Feldott

Founding Pastor of Cape Cod Church

Ben Feldott is the founding and Senior Pastor of Cape Cod Church. Starting in 1992 with just two people meeting in a living room, Cape Cod Church has grown from two people to a community of over 2000 people on Cape Cod and beyond.