Women's Emerging Leadership Forum

Professional woman standing, Women's Emerging Leadership Forum, Nov. 2 & 3, 2017, “I really enjoyed meeting other female professionals who openly gave support and advice…”

Join our Keynote Speaker Sheila Stanziale at the Fourth Annual Women's Emerging Leadership Forum

Why is Equity Still So Elusive?

This two-day forum provides an engaging environment for participants to come together, share knowledge, enhance their leadership skills and expand their professional network. Joined by other aspiring and emerging women executives and leaders, participants learn how to capture new opportunities for career and personal growth, develop mentor-mentee relationships, and become a key contributor and leader in their respective organizations.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn and engage with your female peers in the business world and walk away inspired and empowered.

We have a limited number of seats for interested sponsors.
Please contact Nana Seo at nseo@sfsu.edu
if you are interested in sponsoring this event.
Sponsorships start as low as $500
and you will receive a complimentary ticket (while they last)
and a booth to promote your company.

Date and Time

November 2 & 3, 2017, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.


San Francisco State University Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, Suite 600


Early Bird

$145 (ends October 6, 2017)

General Admission


SFSU Alumni


Current SF State students, faculty and staff


* Fees include breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks will be included throughout both days.

Who Should Attend

This two-day forum is designed specifically for today’s high-potential women executives and those who aspire to take on leadership roles. Whether you are a senior manager or director at a small to large corporation, business owner or entrepreneur, business unit leader, or in nonprofit management, you will benefit tremendously from the practical strategies and guidance you will gain from other women executives.

Program Objectives

  • Identify and align yourself with the right mentors
  • Develop a meaningful and supportive professional network
  • Project confidence and competence
  • Identify and understand your unique leadership style
  • Be savvy in how you navigate workplace challenges
  • Strengthen your negotiation skills
  • Understand and gain emotional intelligence
  • Gain access to other highly motivated and successful women leaders
  • Participate in lively discussions that will empower you professionally and personally


  • Linda Oubré

    Linda Oubré
    Dean, College of Business
    San Francisco State University

  • Jennifer Cabalquinto

    Jennifer Cabalquinto
    Chief Financial Officer
    Golden State Warriors

  • Rachel Haruwitz

    Rachel Haurwitz
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Caribou Biosciences

  • Alice Katwan

    Alice Katwan
    Senior Vice President

  • Janet Reilly

    Janet Reilly
    Clinic by the Bay

  • Christina Bui

    Christina Bui
    Vice President
    Robert Half

  • Tracy Pettis

    Tracy Pettis
    Professional Photographer

  • Lindsey Brown

    Lindsey Brown
    President and Co-Founder
    Job Tango

  • Sheila Stanzialer

    Sheila Stanziale
    Chief Executive Officer
    Mighty Leaf Tea

  • Terri Kallsen

    Terri Kallsen
    Executive Vice President
    Charles Schwab

  • Nanette Lee Miller

    Nanette Lee Miller
    Marcum LLP

  • Eileen Rinaldi

    Eileen Rinaldi
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Ritual Roasters

  • Gretchen Pearson

    Gretchen Pearson
    Berkshire Hathaway, Drsydale Properties

  • Jessica Weatherford

    Jessica Weatherford
    Director of Organizational Development
    Girls Scouts of Northern California

  • Susan Halstead

    Susan Halstead
    President and Co-Founder
    Job Tango

  • Sandra Clark

    Sandra Clark
    LinkedIn Profiles for Results


Thursday, November 2

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

  • Check-in and breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

  • Welcome by Dean Linda Oubré, Dean, San Francisco State University, College of Business
  • Welcome by moderator Jessica Weatherford, Director of Organizational Development, Girl Scouts of Northern California

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

  • Break and networking

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Panel Discussion
    • Jessica Weatherford to introduce panelists and moderator
    • Moderator: Janet Reilly, Co-Founder, Clinic by the Bay
    • Nanette Lee Miller, Partner, Marcum LLP, SFSU Alumni
    • Alice Katwan, Sr. Vice President, Genesys
    • Eileen Rinaldo, Chief Executive Officer, Ritual Roasters
    • Gretchen Pearson, President, Berkshire Hathaway, Drysdale Properties

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

  • Q&A with panelists and attendees – Moderator, Jessica Weatherford

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

  • Break and lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Q&A with Rachel Haurwitz, Chief Executive Officer, Caribou Biosciences

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Group discussion and wrap-up

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

  • Dessert, refreshments and networking

Friday, November 3

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

  • Check-in and breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

  • Welcome by Jessica Weatherford, introduction of breakout speakers
  • Breakout - Group Discussions (Strategic/Transformational)
    • Facilitator: Jennifer Cabalquinto, Chief Financial Officer, Golden State Warriors
      • Topic: “Engaging Men to Advocate Women Leaders”
    • Facilitator: Christina Bui, Vice President, Robert Half
      • Topic: “Topic: “Immigrant Women and the Path to Leadership”

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

  • Break and networking

10:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Jessica Weatherford to announce rest of the afternoon activities on the agenda

  • Breakout – Skill Building Workshops
    • 10:15 – 11:15am - Career Coaching Workshop with Susan Halstead and Lindsey Brown, Co-Founders of Job Tango
    • 11:15 – 12:15 – LinkedIn Workshop to Improve Online Presence – Sandra Clark, Founder of LinkedIn Profiles for Results

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

  • Break and lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Q&A with Terri Kallsen, Executive Vice President, Charles Schwab

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Group discussion and wrap-up

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

  • Dessert, refreshments and networking