Women as Catalysts for Change

A Women's Evolutionary Leadership Event

in honor of
International Women’s Day, Saturday, March 8, 2014

The mission of Women’s Evolutionary Leadership (WEL) is to support the full flourishing of women through events that inspire, educate, and foster connections that expand what is possible in our own lives and the world around us.

Harness the Power of Feminine Leadership:

• Hear from and get to know women leaders who have defined their own leadership style and succeeded.

• Be emboldened by the latest research and progress being made in Bay Area companies to better support women’s fulfillment, advancement and success.

• Take away personal tips and new ideas for facing challenges that block our ability as women to find our voices, be authentic and express our power wherever we work.

• Enjoy lots of opportunities to meet and interact with other bright and passionate women attendees and a delicious lunch!

March 8th, 2014 10:30am-3:30pm
Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA View map.

We are partnering with Indiegogo to raise money for Samasource, an innovative social business that connects women and youth living in poverty to dignified work via the Internet.

How Women Lead in the 21st Century

Morning Panel

Allison JohnsonAllison Johnson is founder of West, a new kind of strategy and creative accelerator based in San Francisco focused on introducing new companies, products and ideas to the world. Prior to West, she ran marketing at Apple for six+ years where she was responsible for launching some of the most iconic products and campaigns of our time. She has been at the center of some of the industry’s most historic turns.

Lisa StoneLisa Stone is BlogHer’s CEO and one of three co-founders. She works across the entire community of 92 million women reached every month to advocate for bloggers, partners, products, and events that fulfill BlogHer’s vision. Prior to founding BlogHer, Lisa was a blog strategist for the first sponsored blog network, Law.com, including The Volokh Conspiracy, SCOTUS blog, Robert Ambrogi’s blog and many others.

Caroline DonahueCaroline Donahue is Chief Marketing and Sales Officer at Intuit. Before coming to Intuit, Donahue was director of sales at Knowledge Adventure, an educational software maker. She also leads Intuit’s marketing efforts in social media, mobile and the Web, as well as overseeing the company’s corporate communications organization. She previously worked in sales and channel management positions at Apple Computer and Next, Inc.

Loretta WalkerLoretta Walker is Vice President of External Affairs at AT&T. She heads AT&T California’s public policy and philanthropic initiatives, representing 7M in population. Most recently, she served as VPGM for consumer marketing, alternate channel sales and operations. She has also worked in the fields of Public Affairs, Human Resources, Competitive Analysis, Quality, Marketing & Sales.

How Far We’ve Come and the Road Ahead

Afternoon Panel

Aimee AllisonAimee Allison (Moderator) is senior vice president of PowerPAC, a group dedicated to electing social justice champions. She is a political and communications strategist who served as a director at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. She was also an author and radio and TV talk show host in the Bay Area. She graduated from Stanford University.

Kat Gordon

Kat Gordon was named One of 2013′s “Top 10 Women to Watch” in Advertising Age. Kat ran her own consultancy for 10 years, working with many of Silicon Valley’s most exciting start-ups. In 2008, she launched her own full-service agency, Maternal Instinct, dedicated to clients targeting the mom consumer. In 2012, she hosted the first 3% Conference to challenge the lack of women in creative departments in advertising.

Andrea Rees DaviesAndrea Rees Davies, Ph.D., is the Associate Director at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She is currently working on solutions to advancing women’s leadership and gender equality in the workplace. She has completed research projects on women in technology, women entrepreneurs, and dual-career academic couples. The Clayman Institute is the founding education partner of LeanIn.org.

Noni AllwoodNoni Allwood, is Vice President and Senior Fellow for the Center for Talent Innovation, a think tank dedicated to research and seeding of practices to accelerate integration of all streams of talent around the world. She currently leads groundbreaking research on women and multicultural talent. She has been an executive for Fortune 500 companies including Cisco, Tandem Computers, and Exxon Corporation.

Sharon MeersSharon Meers is the Head of Enterprise Strategy at Magento, which is part of eBay Inc.. Prior to joining eBay, Sharon was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for 16 years. She is co-author of Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All. Her interest in getting men and women talking about 50/50 issues grew from her experience recruiting and retaining talented women.


10:30   Arrival and networking
11:00   Morning Panel
12:15   Interactive Session
12:50   Buffet lunch
1:45     Afternoon Panel
2:45     Interactive Session
3:30     Closing

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you to Dolby Labs and AT & T for sponsoring this event!  Find out about becoming a sponsor here.

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