FRED NextGen Leaders

FRED Leadership believes strongly in having a diverse and inclusive environment across its community base.  In 2018, FRED established its first Next Gen Leaders Council with the goal of the council to:

  • Supplement FRED leadership with a group of committed next generation leaders
  • Add diversity of voice and perspective to the organization and help further FRED’s purpose
  • Diversify the contribution to the design and development of the annual FRED Forum
  • Adds support for regional FRED meetings

See below for a look at the incredible talent on the 2018/2019 FRED Next Gen Leaders Council.

Next Gen Testimonial

“Being immersed in a group of influencers who are all committed to making a difference in the world was life-changing.  I could write about each session in depth, as they were all incredibly thought-provoking and powerful.  It was a catalyst for me to think deeply about what kind of professional contribution I want to make and an amazing opportunity to develop lasting connections.”

— Alexandra (Allie) Keller, Colorado State University / College of Natural Sciences Learning Community



Kate Henderson Damm is a Director in the UBS University, currently focused on sales, advisory, client relationship, communication, and financial markets training as part of the global Banking Relationship Management team.  She’s spent 12+ years in learning, talent, and leadership development roles across the financial services and advertising industries, and she draws on additional experience in the higher education and non-profit sectors.  Kate has an BA in psychology and sociology from Boston College and an MA in international education from NYU.  She’s the proud mom of two amazing daughters.

Why FRED: Day to day, it’s challenging enough to manage the ‘who, what, where’ of employee and leader development.  FRED provides an incredible opportunity to dive into the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ in a thorough and thoughtful way – it’s a forum to question, to listen, to challenge, to reflect, and to rethink.  It’s not a simple mandate, but it’s a deeply meaningful one.

Fun Fact: Kate is currently attempting to re-live the glory of her younger years by returning to ballet class.  She remembers it being easier, but still loves it 🙂


Nancy Elshami the Talent and Organizational Development Manager at small financial services company in NYC. Over the past five years, Nancy has focused on been building the talent function at the organization and establishing cohesive programs and processes in support of its strategy. Nancy comes with a background of International and Labor Relations, with a focus on labor market dynamics in the Middle East.

Why FRED: I am passionate about helping people find purpose and motivation through their work, and develop a clear line of sight between what they do and the impact it has on the world.

Fun fact: Nancy is an avid traveller. She’s been to over forty countries, and enjoys planning cross-country road trips.


Sabine Gromer is the Founder of MagnoliaTree, guiding brave strategic leaders and their executive teams through dignified strategic change and transformation. Sabine builds on her successful 20 year career in Finance, where she held various senior positions and lived and worked in three continents, most recently as Managing Director, Global Head of Organization Effectiveness at S&P Global Ratings.

Why FRED: “Fostering ethical people leadership and people growth are my deep passion. I am energetic and curious and found my tribe with FRED. My NextGen position is a way to support FRED and our mission and an element of my drive to make a difference at a time when current leadership models are failing us.”

Fun fact: Sabine’s most cherished possession is a 1974 Seeburg Jukebox that she lovingly feeds with vinyls and gives her an excuse to maintain her records collection of approximately 4,000 singles.


Nick Konczak is currently a Senior HR Business Partner at Amazon, providing HR leadership to several technology and emerging businesses in the Retail division. Prior to this, Nick held other HR and Talent related leadership roles in the Manufacturing and Restaurant industries as well as worked in the management consulting industry, focusing on implementing strategic change. Nick has a particular passion around leveraging technology to discover new ways of measuring employee sentiment and improving workplaces.

Why FRED: I was drawn to the ambitious mission and infectious spirit of the FRED community. FRED’s unique approach to leader development and community building is inspiring.

Fun fact: I had the opportunity to participate in the Semester at Sea program in college and this experience established what I hope to be a lifelong commitment and interest in travel.


Femi Shabiolegbe is an Executive Director of Human Resources at Morgan Stanley. She has over 16 years of global HR experience, having worked at leading financial services and consulting firms across the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Why FRED: FRED’s unique focus on inclusivity and ethical leadership was an immediate draw for me. Its approach to developing the kind of leaders which our world needs right now, was also an effort I wanted to be a part of. As a NextGen Council member, I have the opportunity to contribute to the sorely needed conversations and actions around transforming leadership.

Fun fact: Femi is actively involved in local theater and has appeared on stage in several revues, plays and musicals with theater companies in her community.