International Women's Day Event: #Pressforprogress – Advancing Women in Finance

New pricing options to attend just the Fireside Chat / Panel Discussion

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Co-sponsored by Golden Gate University and FWSF.

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2018 International Women's dayBe a part of the conversation! Join us on International Women’s Day (March 8) for a half-day solutions-oriented exploration of the challenges that women, particularly in finance, address as they work toward success. The program will focus on how to make industry and personal changes to further women's careers from numerous perspectives. All genders are welcome – colleagues, partners, spouses of women in finance and other careers are encouraged to join us for this important conversation!

We will kick off the afternoon with a fireside chat with Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, chair and president of Charles Schwab Foundation and Debbie Messemer, managing partner of KPMG Bay Area Market. Carrie will openly share her personal journey and observations as a prominent woman in the financial industry.

We will then break out into roundtable discussions, led by well-known subject matter experts, on pressing topics facing women in finance today.

The afternoon will conclude with a panel of three women who have achieved success through differing career paths. They will share their experiences on the challenges they faced and how they overcame obstacles. The panel will be moderated by Sheila Lewis, CEO of Ashton 212. Panelists include Helen Russell, CEO & co-founder of Equator Coffee, Kathleen Dunlap, former CEO of Girls Who Invest, Carolina Nuñez, vice president, regional news director, for Univision in Northern California and Dianne Sandoval, investment manager, Asset Allocation and Risk Management, CalPERS.

  • 12:30 – 1:00 pm  Registration
  • 1:00 pm  Welcome
  • 1:10 – 1:45 pm  Fireside Chat with Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz and Debbie Messemer
  • 1:55 – 4:00 pm  Roundtable discussions (3 Sessions)*
  • 4:10 – 4:30 pm  Report out roundtable learnings
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm  Panel – Success stories for overcoming obstacles to a successful career – from women who have been there!
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm  Networking & Reception

*Roundtable Topics:
Addressing gender bias
Negotiation skills for women
Improving work/life integration – It’s everybody’s responsibility (not just the woman's)

Refreshments will be served in the afternoon. Cocktail networking reception following the event.



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Fireside Chat with Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz and Debbie Messemer

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
Debbie Messemer

Sharing our Experiences and Advice Panel

Sheila Lewis, Ashton 212 – Moderator
Kathleen Dunlap, Former CEO, Girls Who Invest
Carolina Nunez, Univision 
Helen Russell, Equator Coffee & Teas
Dianne Sandoval, CALPERS 

Roundtable Facilitators

Addressing Gender Bias: Michelle Angier, Exponential Talent, LLC, Janet Niwa, Exponential Talent, LLC

Negotiation Skills for Women: Sue Bunnell, Wells Fargo, Kristi Royce, KLR Consulting

Work/Life Integration: Melissa Blach, KPMG, Homa Saghafi, KPMG, Paige Venable, KPMG


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Deadline 03/07/2018  – Limited to 100 registrants

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