Women's Emerging Leadership Forum

Friday, April 2, 2021

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The Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State University is hosting our seventh annual Women’s Emerging Leadership Forum as an online event on Friday, April 2, 2021. The event theme this year is “Leading through Uncertainty".

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

Date:  Friday, April 2, 2021
Time:  9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location:  Zoom webinar

Registration is now closed.


Come Hear Our Keynote Speaker Kimberly Ellis

This year, we are honored to host our keynote speaker, Kimberly Ellis, Director, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.

Kimberly Ellis

Kimberly Ellis

San Francisco Department on the Status of Women

Named the most powerful unelected person in California Democratic politics by the Sacramento Bee, Kimberly Ellis has helped shape the landscape of progressive and grassroots politics in California and beyond.

After running national operations, including the shepherding of the state and federal incorporation and launch processes as the National Affiliate Director at Emerge America (the nation’s most effective training program for Democratic women who run for office) in 2010, Kimberly was tapped to lead the flagship affiliate, Emerge California, as its Executive Director.

For nearly a decade, Kimberly led the California affiliate with incredible success, growing what had been a regional training program into a statewide electoral powerhouse for Democratic women, earning her the reputation for revolutionizing Democratic politics in the Golden State.

Read more about Kimberly Ellis.

We look forward to seeing you on April 2nd!

Preliminary Agenda

Be sure to register in advance for this online event — You won’t want to miss this informative and inspiring forum!

9:30–9:35 a.m. — Opening Remarks and Introduction of Dean Eugene Sivadas, Ph.D., Lam Family College of Business, San Francisco State University by Event Moderator, Sandra Henao, Executive Director of Business Development and Marketing, Lam Family College of Business, San Francisco State University

9:35–9:40 a.m. — Welcome Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Speaker Kimberly Ellis, Director, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, by Dean Eugene Sivadas

9:40–10:10 a.m. — A Keynote Talk and Conversation With Keynote Speaker Kimberly Ellis, and Janine Hurty, Director of Development, San Francisco State University

10:10–10:40 a.m. — Audience Q&A with Kimberly Ellis

10:40–11:15 a.m. —“Leading Through Uncertainty” Panel Discussion led by Brenda Ibanescu, Equity Investment Associate, Dodge & Cox

Panel Speakers:

11:15–11:45 a.m. — Audience Q&A with Panel Speakers

11:45–11:55 a.m. — Break

11:55 a.m.–Noon — Introduction of Professor of Marketing Gulnur Tumbat, Ph.D., by Sandra Henao

Noon–12:30 p.m. — “Ascending Through Uncertainty” presented by Professor of Marketing Gulnur Tumbat, Ph.D.

12:30–12:55 p.m. — Audience Q&A with Professor Tumbat

12:55–1 p.m.  Closing Remarks by Sandra Henao

Reasonable Accommodations: This event welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please contact Jeff O’Toole (jotoole@sfsu.edu) if you would like reasonable accommodations for this event.