Women's Emerging Leadership Forum

Friday, October 11, 2019

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The College of Business at San Francisco State University is pleased to announce our sixth annual Women’s Emerging Leadership Forum! This year's topic is "Woman Leaders in Innovation".

This annual event is a lively and engaging forum designed to help women achieve their full potential in the workplace by bringing together a diverse group of successful and aspiring leaders to exchange fresh ideas and hard-earned insights, to learn and avoid common pitfalls on the path to career advancement, and to identify ways to enhance your leadership skills while making meaningful connections and expanding your professional network.

Come Hear Our Keynote Speaker Lisa Lambert

This year, we are honored to host as our keynote speaker, Lisa Lambert, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at National Grid, Founder & President of National Grid Partners, and Founder/CEO and Chairman of UPWARD.

In her personal story for LeanIn.org, Ms. Lambert wrote: “The lesson that I learned over the past several years is simple: Stand up for yourself and celebrate what you’ve done. Lean in to ensure that your entire career gets recognized, not just one project. And never quit. I think as women, we often give up too soon and don't believe in our capabilities enough to overcome the challenges that we will inevitably face. If I've learned anything during my career, it's that you have to maintain your focus, always give your best effort, and never give up. If you consistently do those things, you will win.”

Lisa Lambert

Lisa Lambert

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, National Grid
Founder & President of National Grid Partners

As Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at National Grid and Founder & President of National Grid Partners, Lisa Lambert is responsible for leading investments and innovation initiatives across the company.

Prior to National Grid, Ms. Lambert was a Managing Partner at The Westly Group. Prior to The Westly Group, she worked at Intel Corporation for 19 years and was Vice President and Managing Director of Intel Capital’s Software and Services Fund and the Founder and Managing Director of the $125 million Diversity Fund. An advocate for women, Ms. Lambert is the founder/CEO, and chairman of UPWARD (Uniting Professional Women Accelerating Relationships and Development), a global network of executive women. Ms. Lambert earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Management Information Systems from The Pennsylvania State University.

We look forward to seeing you on October 11!

Preliminary Agenda

Be sure to buy your ticket prior to the event — You won’t want to miss this informative and transformational forum!

9–10 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast

10–10:10 a.m.  Welcome Remarks

  • Event Moderator: Sandra Henao, Executive Director of Business Development and Marketing, Lam Family College of Business, San Francisco State University
  • Dr. Yim-Yu Wong, Interim Dean, College of Business, San Francisco State University

10:10–10:30 a.m.  Opening Remarks by San Francisco State University Leader (TBD)

  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker Lisa Lambert, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, National Grid

10:30–11:15 a.m.  Keynote Address by Lisa Lambert

11:15–11:45 a.m.  Facilitated Q&A with Lisa Lambert

11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.  Networking Lunch

1:15–2:15 p.m.  Facilitated Discussion with Panel Speakers – Topic: Women in Innovation

2:15 a.m.–2:45 p.m.  Facilitated Q&A with Panel Speakers

2:45–3 p.m.  Break

3–3:30 p.m. The Wrap-Up – Group Discussion on the Day's Topic and Key Takeaways

3:30–4 p.m.  Refreshments and Networking

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Panel Speakers

Luz UrrutiaLuz Urrutia

Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity Fund

Luz Urrutia joined Opportunity Fund as C.E.O. in 2017, working to build a more inclusive financial system. In this role, Luz is helping to scale the non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) to deepen its impact in California and expand its reach nationwide. Already the nation’s largest non-profit small business lender – with over $100 million in small business loans under management – Luz will attract the capital and raise the philanthropic funds that will quadruple Opportunity Fund’s impact by 2020.

Luz has spent her career in banking and financial services, particularly in underserved markets, and has won numerous awards for her leadership. She began her career at Wachovia, where she spent 18 years, before founding El Banco de Nuestra Comunidad, a financial institution based in Georgia serving the underbanked Latino population . Luz served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2001 - 2013. As VP of Retail Sales and Services at Oportun from 2013-2016, Luz’s team expanded Oportun’s footprint across five states. In 2016, Luz joined Dollar Financial Group as CEO for the Americas to help transform the organization into a responsible consumer finance business for underserved communities.

Luz has served on the Board of the Center for Financial Services Innovation and the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank. In 2006, Luz was awarded “Community Banker of the Year” by American Banker. Luz received a B.S., magna cum laude, in Business Administration and Finance and an M.B.A., both from Georgia State University.

Priya KothariPriya Kothari

COO at Creative Market

Priya Kothari is Chief Operating Officer at Creative Market, a design marketplace with the mission to make design simple.

Priya started her career in 2005 working with non-profits to improve their presence and distribution, as well as strengthen and grow their online fundraising efforts. While in this role, she developed a passion for strong execution and shifted focus from marketing to operations. Her early career was focused on leading teams in successfully executing large projects from CRM implementations to site redesigns. Priya helps organizations achieve success by leveraging high-performing people with strong culture and values.

She started her career at agencies serving clients that include Dell, Microsoft, and several well-known non-profits and moved into operational roles at Blackbaud and Autodesk. Today, she serves as COO at Creative Market, a 50-person Series A company, where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a fully distributed company.