Ariel Lester graduated with her Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from University of Delaware in 2011. Upon graduation, she started her career at Merck & Company, Incorporated a Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical company. Ariel was a project engineer/project manager for capital projects greater than $10MM responsible for the design, construction, commissioning, and qualification of retrofitted and new facilities for manufacturing and research of new and existing products.
In September 2020, she became the Chief of Staff to a Senior Vice President responsible for aligning the organization, developing, and executing strategy in addition to running the business through organizing and conducting town halls, staff meetings, and other initiatives. As of May 2022, she is supporting an Animal Health facility in Austria responsible for capital projects, qualification/validation, and tech transfers.
Ariel has a passion for Financial Literacy and has led “Financial Peace University” series at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia since 2016. Her greatest financial accomplishment to date is in early 2017, becoming and staying DEBT FREE. Recently she has assisted numerous Financial Peace University members and friends in accomplishing their financial goals.

Summits Attended: 2022 Pride

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.