Panelists

Associate Professor, Radiology
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

  • Chief of Breast Imaging, and Associate Professor of Radiology at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Graduated from combined 7-year undergraduate-medical school program at University of Florida, graduating with research honors
  • Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Washington University School of Medicine, served as Chief Resident and then completed an additional Fellowship in Breast Imaging
  • Advocates for national breast cancer screening through involvement in the American College of Radiology Breast Cancer Screening Leadership Group; featured contributor to local and national print and TV news on breast health issues
  • St. Louis Business Journal “40 under 40” Class of 2013
  • Cherishes family time with husband, Taka Yanagimoto, who is the Managing Photographer for the St. Louis Cardinals, and their two wonderful children, Lily and Mack

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Major Brands, Inc., St. Louis, MO  and Eagle Brands Sales, Miami, FL

St. Louis, MO

  • Received her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Economics and her Master of Business Administration degrees from The American University in Washington, DC.  She graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • Major Brands, Inc., a leading Missouri distributor of premium spirits, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages, is the only woman owned and operated major distributor
  • Succeeded her husband, the late Todd Epstein, representing the third generation of family ownership
  • Owns and serves as the CEO of Eagle Brands Sales, an Anheuser-Busch distributor in South Florida
  • Was the founder and principal of McCollum and Associates, a strategic marketing and communications consulting firm and an adjunct professor of marketing at Webster University
  • Serves on the boards of directors of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Forest Park Forever, CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, the St. Louis Regional Business Council and the board of trustees at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Lives in St. Louis with her sons, Michael and Brian Epstein

Founder and President
Microfinancing Partners in Africa

St. Louis, MO

  • Master degrees in social work and in theology, PhD in marriage and family therapy, specialized in working with young adult victims of sexual abuse
  • A sister of the Most Precious Blood in O’Fallon, Missouri since 1975
  • On an eight-month sabbatical of travel from Cairo to Cape Town, Sr. Toni was inspired to create Microfinancing Partners in Africa.  She camped out in 19 countries, skydived in Namibia, flew in an ultralight plane over Victoria Falls, went on safari on horseback and was charged by an elephant
  • Advisor to the United Nations NGO group, honored with the SLU Alumni Merit Award, and received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Washington University’s Brown School
  • Served on the board of the Family Development Center at Saint Louis University, the Recreational Council for Persons with Disabilities, the Development Board for the Interfaith Committee on Latin America, and Partnerships for Global Justice
  • In 2015, recognized by The Purpose Prize as an Encore Fellow, someone whose career transition after age 60 is an inspiration to others
  • Born and raised on The Hill in St. Louis, MO where her parents ran a corner grocery store

Editor-in-Chief
St. Louis At Home Magazine

St. Louis, MO

  • Appointed editor-in-chief of St. Louis At Home, an interior design and architecture magazine, in August 2015
  • Served as press officer for the United Nations and as a writer in the Celebrity Relations and Special Events Department at UNICEF in New York, working with Goodwill Ambassadors
  • Reported on daily news stories and wrote features as a reporter for the Asbury Park Press, Asbury Park, NJ
  • Was senior editor of Modern Salon and Salon Today magazines in Chicago
  • Is a tennis fan; launched the tennis blog  www.tennisalleystl.com
  • Received her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana and her Master in journalism from Columbia University, New York
  • Loves spending time with her husband Dan and their two children, Fabiola (10) and Alejo (8)
  • Was born in Colombia, South America.  Spent the majority of her childhood living and attending school in both Colombia and the United States

Assistant Dean and Academic Coordinator
Washington University
St. Louis, MO

  • Point person for the Junior Year in Arts & Sciences, implementing strategies to align the work of the office with its mission; directs the Senegal summer program
  • Received AB in History from Spelman College and a PhD in History from Stanford University.  While at Spelman, studied at Oxford as a Luard Fellow
  • Formerly a tenure track professor of African History and director of the African Diaspora Studies Program at Bard College, NY and served as a consultant for the United Nations Development small arms program in West Africa
  • Founded and directs the African Film Festival at Washington University (now in its 12th year)
  • Volunteers and serves on the Board of Directors for Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition and as Education Chair for the Saint Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Love of the arts fostered through involvement with the theatre since age 7, performing throughout childhood through graduate school.  Advises the student group Black Anthology and serves as a Commissioner for the Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters for University City
  • Mother of Coumba (12) and Mawdo (8).  Active on many school committees and positions in the parent association, including President of the Community School Parent Association and serves on the Board of Trustees at Community School