Global Gender Equality Panelists
About the Speaker
Rear Admiral Marty Evans, USN (Ret.)
As one of the country’s top leaders, Marsha J. Evans’ distinguished career has combined both military service and leadership of the nation’s premier non-profit organizations. During her nearly 30-year career with the Navy, Evans distinguished herself as one of only a handful of women to reach the rank of rear admiral, and gained a reputation for forging new ground for women in the military. Admiral Evans held a variety of command positions overseeing multimillion dollar budgets and thousands of employees. She was the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and the first woman to command a U.S. naval station (Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay Area). In 1992 she chaired the task force that developed a strategy to address the gender-based issues that gave rise to the Tailhook scandal. Among the actions that resulted was the opening of assignments to women onboard Navy combatant ships. She held the top positions at the Navy Recruiting Command, where she managed 6,000 employees in 1,200 locations and recruited more than 70,000 officers and sailors annually, and then at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. She retired in 1998 as a rear admiral.
Dr. Anna Lebesch
With more than 20 years of experience as an educator and college administrator, Dr. Anna Lebesch has been instrumental in paving the academic paths for the countless students and workforce members who are currently serving our Greater Jacksonville communities. She has been involved in developing more than 60 educational programs to answer the local workforce needs, partnering with Northeast Florida businesses and industries, colleges and universities and regional school districts.
As Vice President, Talent Development, Anna is dedicated to serving the community in talent development and attraction increasing the economic vitality of our communities and economic mobility of our citizens. She and her two teenage children are residents of Clay County.
Megha Parekh joined the Jaguars as vice president and general counsel on March 1, 2013. Now in her seventh year with the organization, she was promoted to senior vice president and chief legal officer in 2016.
Ms. Parekh works with the legal, technology and people development teams at the Jaguars. Her teams are responsible for employee training, support and development; technological systems and support for the office and certain systems in the stadium and at the amphitheater; and all legal matters, including transactions, compliance, disputes, risk management, government relations, and insurance. Since joining the Jaguars, Ms. Parekh has worked on Shad Khan's acquisition of Fulham Football Club; the public-private funded improvements to TIAA Bank Field, including renovations to the stadium clubs and construction and the 2017 opening of Daily's Place; the extension of TIAA Bank's stadium naming rights; securing Daily's as a naming rights partner for the amphitheater; the selection of new food and beverage and merchandise providers for the facilities; and on potential real estate developments around the stadium. Ms. Parekh leads the capital committee, which programs funding for improvements to the facilities.
Juan Carlos Villatoro
American entrepreneur with a history of forcing change in the recycling industries. He is a passionate scientist formally trained by the US Navy, University of North Florida, and University of Florida in Gainesville. He studied and honed his skills at the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment (ESSIE)
His accomplishments include founding Urban Mining PBC, a technology company that transforms the role of electronics recycling into sustainable value streams.
Today, he is a sought-after industry leader and speaker that stays true to his higher purpose to make the planet a better place now and for generations to come. He believes strongly that education, technology, peer to peer knowledge sharing, and sustainable business practices can be a force for good.
Villatoro understands that our environment has been adversely affected through the depletion of natural and precious resources and through the contamination of our waters and squandering of metal resources. His mission is to minimize the impact of human progress by recapturing valuable resources already in use. He strives for ways to do this in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.