Morning Panels:

Navigating the organizational landscape: using mentors to shape your career in management consulting.

This panel will discuss consultants' personal experiences as both a mentee and a mentor over the course of their careers. The life of a young management consultant involves adjusting to a client-focused lifestyle, building new skills, and quickly getting up to speed on new industries. Many find that having a mentor along the way can be an invaluable resource, especially in an industry with few women at the Partner level and frequent transitions across projects. Our panelists have extensive experience in management consulting and can speak to the role of mentorship in the industry, how to identify and connect with potential mentors, and how they have both benefited from and served as mentors along the way.

Laura Moran, Partner at Prophet

Viniti Mahbubani, Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting
Rani Radhakrishnan, Director at PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Margarita Constantinides, Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company
Abby Smith, Manager at Bain & Company
Delaney Steele, Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group
Neervi Shah Patel, Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting

Social Impact

Corporate Social Responsibility: An Inside Job with Global Impact

This panel will discuss the challenges of building and sustaining a robust, transparent, and economically viable social responsibility program within corporations, highlighting what it takes to align ‘CSR’ with an organization’s core values and mission. Discussion questions include:

  • How do you measure impact and how do you “sell” your clients or others in your company?
  • How do you determine which issues matter?
  • What partnerships and relationships are key to your CSR initiatives?
  • Are we nearing a time when the “CSR department” will be phased out?
  • What skills and experiences are necessary to have a successful career in social impact?

Dr. Kellie McElhaney, Adjunct Professor and the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business

Ayesha Barenblat, Director of Stakeholder Collaboration at BSR
Champa Gujjanudu, Senior Consultant at Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting
Rhonda Mims, Senior VP of ING Americas and President of ING Foundation

Consumer Packaged Goods / Retail

It’s a Woman’s World: Building your career in a female-dominated industry

This panel provides perspectives on the challenges faced by women trying to get ahead in the primarily female CPG and Retail industries. In the industries considered the best in terms of female executives, there remain unique challenges. We will explore various elements including office culture, the value of the MBA, and how those differ in fast-paced Retail vs. structured CPG environments. How do you find a mentor? Navigate office politics? Conduct negotiations? And finally, for those making a transition from male to female-dominated workplaces, what do I need to know and what is different? Our panelists are from a variety of CPG and Retail companies, will speak to the different approaches they need to work effectively with men and women.

Jennifer Bridge, Director of MBA recruiting at the Haas School of Business

Heidi Otto, General Manager at Somersault Snack Company
Diane Giansante, VP Sales at Del Monte
Christie Fleming, SVP of Marketing at Central Garden and Pet
Dawn Dobras, SVP eCommerce at Charlotte Russe
Kim Dao, Associate Brand Manager at Clif Bar
Jen Cha, Director of Marketing, Learning Toys at Leapfrog


Powering Our Future: Navigating an Evolving Industry
Sponsored by PG&E

This panel will examine the opportunities and challenges presented by an industry undergoing disruption. Panelists from PG&E, Chevron and leading cleantech companies will describe how their companies are responding to new consumer demands, new technologies and new business models.

After an overview of the many roles and company types within energy, we will discuss the opportunities for global, business and environmental impact. Based on the panelists’ own experiences, we will examine opportunities for international travel and career advancement through training programs. Hosted by Beverly Alexander of Berkeley's own Cleantech to Market program, the panel will also cover entrepreneurial opportunities within the energy industry.

Beverly Alexander, Co-Director, Cleantech to Market at Haas School of Business

Ananda Baron, Director of Recruiting at PG&E
Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner at DBL Investors
Rachel Huang, Customer Programs & Operations Planning Manager at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District


Entrepreneurship: The Real Stories of Getting Started

Do you dream of starting a business? Have an idea but not sure what to do next? This panel will share the real, honest stories of successful women entrepreneurs. Whether they got venture funding, participated in an incubator, or bootstrapped their venture, they've all had exciting successes and tough challenges. Hear about both, and learn how to find your own unique path to entrepreneurship.

This panel was organized in collaboration with WE Generation. WE Generation @ Haas supports women interested in high growth entrepreneurship and venture capital. It is the first official student chapter of the We Own It Summit network, an international organization formed in 2010 with the same goals. For more information e-mail

Sramana Mitra, Founder & Serial Entrepreneur at One Million by One Million

Alison Bailey Vercruysse, Founder and CEO at 18 Rabbits
Ingrid Vanderveldt, Entrepreneur in Residence at Dell Inc.
Andrea Bloom, Founder and CEO at ConnectWell
Danielle Fong, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at LightSail Energy
Poornima Vijayashanker, Founder and CEO at

Financial Services

How to build, maintain and expand your mentorship network in Financial Services

This panel will explore the pivotal role of mentorship for women trying to build a successful career in financial services where women are traditionally outnumbered. Our panelists will share stories about how they found their mentors as they started out in the industry and how their relationships with the mentors evolved as their careers progressed. Panelists will also share best practices to build and maintain a strong network in Financial Services.

Julia Belford, Lecturer at the Haas School of Business and the Head of Electronic Market Making at Infinium Securities

Erin S. Gore, Associate Vice Chancellor and CFO at UC Berkeley
Kris Klein, Managing Director, Investment Banking Division, Credit Suisse
Beth Scanlan, Director, Private Banking USA, Credit Suisse
Wingee Sin, Director, Global Defined Product Strategy at State Street Global Advisors
Cindy Wang, Managing Director at TerraNova Capital Partners


Trends in the healthcare industry from leading women in the sector

This panel will explore current trends in the healthcare industry: from the reform that is shaking up the insurance industry and provider landscape, to the increasing hurdles life science companies face in innovation and new product development, to the technological innovations which promise to transform the space. How can the industry re-focus from treatment of the sick to wellness and prevention? How can innovations in health IT and social media help to empower the consumer? What are the most exciting new business areas that health reform is likely to generate? What does the VC industry see as the most promising early-stage opportunities? Learn from leaders across different sectors of the industry as they share their perspective on the most important trends, and share their advice for women interested in careers in healthcare.

Kimberly MacPherson, MPH Program Director/Lecturer, Health Policy & Management Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Health Technology at UC-Berkeley

Dr. Susan M. Molineaux, President and CEO, Calithera Biosciences Inc.
Suzanne Obst, SVP, Corporate Strategy and Business Development at McKesson
Brenda Given, CEO and Founder at SlimKinetic
Karen Loane, Principal at ZS Associates


Tech Panel: What’s Next in Tech from Women Leading the Way

This panel will explore the continued shift from enterprise to consumer and mobile, the application of technology to create social impact in both emerging countries and late-adopting industries (e.g., education and healthcare), and why women tech leaders are well-equipped to address these changes. Given that almost 90% of the world engages with technology in some way, up from less than 10% just a decade ago, it is critical to understand how companies are changing to keep pace with the expanding user base and what they see coming in the next 5-10 years.

Kara Swisher, Technology Columnist for the Wall Street Journal

Lisa Crounse, Sr. Product Manager Web & Community at Autodesk
Caroline Tsay, Senior Director of Products at Yahoo!
Seema Kumar, Director of Product Management at
Janice Zdankus, Vice President, Solution Enablement & Quality at Hewlett-Packard Company
Adriane McFetridge, Chief of Staff to the CEO at Ebay

Afternoon Panels:
Building Your Brand

Developing the most important brand: You!  

Often considered a key skill for entrepreneurs, it is increasingly more critical to successfully develop a personal brand in order to rise to the top in any field. The women on the panel will share their personal stories of branding themselves to achieve their goals and a personal branding expert will teach us all foundational techniques to begin building our own personal brands.

Ellen Looyen, Founder of Ellen Looyen Communications

Faculty advisor:
Sara L. Beckman, Faculty Director of UC-Berkeley's Wurster Design and Innovation Studio

Reiko Yoshida, Business Leader (Director) in Global Marketing Strategy and Planning at Visa
Sarah Tolson, Certified Financial Planner and Founder of Girls Just Gotta Have Funds
Alexandra Bernadotte, Founder and CEO of Beyond 12

Work/Life Balance

A Delicate Balance – how to win at work without sacrificing your life at home

Women often feel forced to choose between work and home life (partners, children, vacation, etc.). While many companies today are talking the talk, there is often a stigma that the more time you spend at work, the better your product will be. This panel will discuss ways to succeed at work and with your family without making impossible choices. It will challenge the idea that time away from work is wasted utility, and show that employees with full lives can use their experiences outside of work to help the company win. Join us to find ways to balance your own situation by learning from our panelists’ wealth of experience.

Rose Duingnan, Co-Founder of Hub Project Management

Mary Ann Mason, Professor and Co-Director of the Center, Economics & Family Security at UC-Berkeley, School of Law
Joan Blades, Co-Founder of and
Tara Russell, CPCC, CDC - "Life Sabbatical & Long-Term Travel Coach", Founder/President of Three Month Visa Coaching and Consulting
Jennifer Collins, Owner of Groove Yoga

Finding Your Passion

Finding Your Passion

Working for years and losing your passion? Struggling to find a way to pursue your passion while balancing other parts of your life? In this panel, we have invited professionals of diverse industries to share their experiences and thoughts about Passion. Key topics to be discussed include:

    What are you most passionate about?
    How do you find you passion?
    What are the key challenges in pursuing your passion?
    How do you make balance between passion and family?
    Have you met any mentor along the way? What role did he/she play in helping you live up to your passion?

Arina Isaacson, MA, Executive Presence and Presentation Coach, Creativity Coach and Corporate Leadership Consultant

Kathey Oneto, Vice President, Brand Strategy at Anthem Worldwide
Merideth Mehlberg, Executive Coach and Career Strategist, Merideth Mehlberg International LLC
Gina Yao, Manager, Accounting Policy Group at Intel Corporation
Tejal Thakkar, Corporate Strategy at Cisco System

Innovation & Design Processes

Innovation through design thinking: Potential and Challenge

Though design thinking is becoming more and more "hot", there are still many organizations and circumstances where design thinking is not employed to the full potential. Panelists are going to share their perspectives on how the world is going to look like with full of design thinkers, and what needs to happen to disseminate design thinking.

Lisa Iwamoto, Partner at IwamotoScott Architecture

Nicole Kahn, Designer and Project Lead at IDEO
Katie Dill, Associate Creative Director at Frog Design
Phoebe Kuo, Senior Research Associate at Point Forward
Murphy Freelen, General Manager at Nectarine Group


The Art of Successful Mentorship

This panel will discuss what it takes to select the appropriate mentor, what commitment is involved on the part of the mentor and mentee respectively and how to get the most out of formal and informal mentoring arrangements. In particular, it will address how women can thrive in male-dominated industries.

Barbara Morrison, President at TMC Development

Kelly McGinnis, Vice President of Global Communications, Dell
Christine Bronstein, Founder of 'A Band of Wives'
Dianne Olmstead, Managing Partner at W3 Partners
Kim Zilliox, VP of Leadership Development at Women’s Leadership Coaching


Ask For What You Want: Techniques and tools for female negotiators

Hear from successful women in real estate, wealth management, and law about their experiences negotiating at work. Understand the research behind gender differences in negotiating style and learn where women excel in negotiations. Learn techniques to take with you and apply to your daily business routine.

Leigh Wasson, Senior Director at BNY Mellow Wealth Management

Nicole Dickens, Co-Founder and Principal of Abundare Group, Inc.
Jessica Notini, Principal of Notini Mediation & Facilitation Services and Adjust Professor, Stanford, Mills College, UC Hastings
Kimberly A. Havens, Development Project Manager at Wilson Meany Sullivan
Pam S. Duffy, Name Partner at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP

Success Strategies / Crashing Stereotypes

Success Strategies/ Crashing Stereotypes

Hear success stories from women who have made it in traditionally male-dominated industries such as finance, venture capital, engineering, and construction. What were the strategies they used to succeed despite obstacles and stereotypes? What made them persevere to get to the top of their industries? What were their biggest challenges and how did they overcome them? Listen to our accomplished panelists as they share their perspectives and triumphs.

Jo-Ellen Pozner, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

Iris Harrell, Founder/CEO of Harrell Remodeling
Deborah Farrington, co-founder and General Partner of StarVest Partners
Kim Vogel, CFO at mFoundry Inc.
Saman Chaudry, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Winzler & Kelly/GHD

Women in Entrepreneurship

How to execute as a female entrepreneur

Whether you are looking to fund your own enterprise or to start a new department in an established company, you will need to know how to deliver your message. This panel is intended for those interested in learning how to execute their ideas. Come learn from women who have successfully navigated the entrepreneurship space.

Liz Gannes, Business Technology Reporter

Kate White , Social Entrepreneur in sustainable urban development
Amy Heineike, Director of Mathematics at Quid
Shea Di Donna, Founding Member and Senior Vice President of True Ventures
Monisha Perkash, CEO and Co-founder at LUMOback