Women's Emerging Leadership Forum

Fifth Annual Women’s Emerging Leadership Forum

Save the Date!

Friday, September 21, 2018

This is the fifth year the San Francisco State University College of Business is to hold its Women’s Emerging Leadership Forum. This popular event provides women leaders an opportunity to come together, expand their network, and learn meaningful ways to enhance their leadership skills by sharing knowledge, insights and professional experiences.

Join Keynote Speaker Caretha Coleman

We’re excited to announce our keynote speaker this year is Caretha Coleman, a principal of Coleman Consulting and former chairwoman of the board at Dignity Health—a $14 billion healthcare system headquartered in San Francisco.


As a principal of Coleman Consulting, Coleman’s practice focuses on working with start-ups and early stage ventures in the areas of strategy development, executive coaching and organizational effectiveness.

Coleman was a founding member and advisory committee member of The Angels’ Forum. She has served as campaign chair of the East Palo Alto YMCA, member of the board emeriti of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, on the National board of Facing History and Ourselves, as well serves on its Bay Area advisory board. Coleman demonstrates her commitment to provide quality healthcare to the underserved by her work on the Dignity Health board, and an advisory board member of the Ravenswood Health Clinic.

She is also a member of the National diversity and inclusion committee for the US Tennis Association, and is an American Leadership Forum Fellow. Coleman is a member of Black Corporate Directors, and was named an Outstanding Board Director by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2015, and one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times in 2015 and 2016. She is a recipient of the YMCA’s Red Triangle award, and received the Black Enterprise Trailblazer award, and was named as a Visionary Leader by the SF Chronicle.

We look forward to seeing you on September 21, 2018!


As we plan this special event, please save the date on your calendar—last year’s event sold out. You won’t want to miss this informative and transformational event!

8:30–9 a.m.  Check-in and breakfast

9–10 a.m.

  • Welcome by moderator Dean Linda Oubré
  • Welcome by San Francisco State University Provost
  • Keynote Address by Caretha Coleman, former Chairwoman of the Board of Dignity Health

10–10:30 a.m.  Break and networking

10:30–11:30 a.m.  Panel Discussion

11:30 a.m.–Noon  Q&A

Noon–1 p.m.  Break and Lunch

1–2 p.m.  Breakout sessions on career development

2–3 p.m.  Break, group discussions and wrap up

3–4 p.m.  Dessert and networking