The Professional BusinessWomen of California is pleased to announce the 2019 PBWC Industry Leader Awards
PBWC Industry Leaders are recognized at our annual conference. This honor is given to both emerging leaders and established senior executives who have demonstrated excellence connecting, mentoring and advancing women; who have led groundbreaking and industry-changing innovation; or who have provided unique and unparalleled inspiration to their companies or their communities at large.
Gillian Chambers Harris is a global Finance leader at Genentech. She is active in Genentech Women Professionals and serves on the Advisory Board for African Americans in Biotech. She has an MBA from Wharton Business School, enjoys fishing, cooking and traveling, and resides in Oakland with her husband and three children. Gillian is known not only for her strong business acumen, financial expertise and outstanding leadership skills, but also her passion and commitment to the diversity and inclusion in the workplace through mentorship, education and awareness.
Maria Kaval is a VP of Engineering at Oracle where she also serves as a Community Leader for Oracle Women’s Leadership. She is a National Board member for TechBridge Girls and is a Girl Scout leader. Maria earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford. She holds 6 patents. Maria is truly a champion for women in STEM—both at Oracle and in the community. She’s had an amazing career in software engineering. Maria is a recognized Community Leader for Oracle Women’s Leadership and shares her expertise widely with others.
Julia Keintz is a Director of Customer Analytics at Walmart and a Diversity & Inclusion champion. She is an active member of the Women’s Resource Council and is the co-chair for the Returnship and Women’s Initiatives committee. Julia initiated and ran the Returnship Program at Walmart in partnership with Path Forward. The goal was to empower people to restart their careers after time spent focused on caregiving by creating mid-career internships (“returnships”) to give women (and men) a jump start back to the paid workforce.
Tracy Keogh has worldwide responsibility for strategic human resources activities, employee communications and social responsibility initiatives. Before Hewlett Packard (HP Inc.), Tracy held head of HR roles at other large companies and led operations, sales, marketing, and consulting organizations. Tracy has been recognized frequently for her innovative HR leadership and development of HR leaders. Tracy’s thought leadership and passion for people has driven a turnaround in HP’s people processes and culture. Among many things, Tracy led creation of the most diverse Board of Directors in tech, an innovative leadership and talent development program, and a return to D&I as a HP Inc. core business imperative.
René Kim leads the Global Data Office and is liaison between Charles Schwab and the Schwab Charitable Donor-Advised Fund. Evidence of her passion for the advancement of women in the workforce include her past presidency and board chairwomanship of PBWC and her current role as director and executive committee member for the Jewish Vocational Services of San Francisco. René has been and continues to be a strong advocate for women and diversity & inclusion.
Kathleen McClure-Wight is an Executive Vice President and Division Executive leading Wells Fargo’s Commercial Banking Local Government division. Previously, Kathleen co-head Wells Fargo Government & Institutional Banking’s National Government Banking segments, responsible for the West region. Kathleen earned her bachelor’s of music and master’s of business administration degrees from California State University, Fullerton. Kathleen McClure-Wight is an industry leader and a pioneer for women’s advancement at Wells Fargo. As co-head of the company’s Women In Leadership group for the past three years, Kathleen focuses on and excels at empowering and developing women in the bank and women business owners. Her leadership inspires optimism.
Patricia (Pat) McDonald is Vice President, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group and General Manager, High Velocity Program Office for Intel. Pat has held a wide range of leadership positions ranging from creating global manufacturing organizations to pioneering a healthcare collaborative. Her commitments to teamwork, leadership and diversity have made her a highly recognized and sought-out industry partner. Pat earned a BS in chemical engineering from Oregon State University. Pat is truly a leader of workplace gender equality. She’s had an amazing career in Manufacturing, Human Resources, and Business Groups while simultaneously sponsoring two women’s communities within Intel. Pat’s leadership has resulted in amazing progression results for senior women and two corporate awards for the Women @ Intel Network.
Mark Nelson is Executive Vice President of Downstream & Chemicals at Chevron. In this role Mark is responsible for directing the company’s worldwide manufacturing, marketing, lubricants, chemicals and Oronite additives businesses. Mark is also the executive sponsor of Chevron’s Women’s Employee Network and the Men Advocating Real Change Program (MARC) at Chevron.
Hazel Quiatchon is responsible for driving the overall D&I strategy, hiring diverse talent and creating a culture of belonging at LendingClub. She has 15 years of experience in D&I and organizational development. Hazel is also a certified executive coach and holds an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Under Hazel’s leadership, LendingClub was recognized in Bloomberg’s 2019 Gender-Equality Index. Hazel built programs to develop and promote women: “Elevate” 4-month leadership program for women leaders, allyship program for male allies to advocate for women, enforced goals for promotions and succession and ensured a 50% diverse candidate and interview panel.
Yvette Radford is the Regional Vice President for External & Community Affairs at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. In this capacity, she is accountable for Northern California’s overall Community Health Strategy. She is also responsible for the organization’s Community Benefit portfolio, Community Relations Program & Local Government Relations function. Yvette has been addressing the needs of underserved communities in bold, innovative ways for nearly 25 years. She is now tackling the most pressing issues influencing health: housing affordability, disparities and economic inequality. Her fearless leadership elevates the work of Kaiser Permanente and will ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive.
Catherine Renwick is VP of Engineering at Workday, part of the Tools and Technology team responsible for building scalable and reusable services and components that lay the foundation Workday Applications are built on. Within this scope, Catherine has worked in a wide range of technology spaces. Prior to Workday, Catherine was an Engineering Manager at Cape Clear Software. She started her career in Digital Equipment Corporation. She is a staunch advocate for gender equity in the workplace, Catherine’s tireless dedication, passion, and her hyper-focused commitment to the development of women across Workday make her a leader to others.
Rosanne Saccone is the Chief Marketing Officer at Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company BlueJeans Network, where she oversees all aspects of marketing and inside sales. A 25-year marketing veteran, Ro has led marketing teams across a variety of businesses throughout her career, including hardware, services, and software companies, Rosanne is widely recognized for building and leading organizations with creative, best-of-breed campaigns punctuated by robust execution. With a strong emphasis on the power of the team to drive results, Ro applies business strategy with data-driven marketing to impact every stage of the customer journey.
Cynthia Stoddard oversees Adobe’s global IT and Cloud Operations teams spearheading a global strategy for delivering services and operations that form the mission-critical backbone for Adobe. She has 25+ years of business experience and IT expertise leading large global organizations in supply chain, retail, and technology development. Strong digital leadership requires increasing collaboration with all parts of the business and being customer-centric is crucial to success in today’s environment. As Adobe continues to grow by putting the customer at the center of everything, Cindy is leading the charge creating a culture of innovation enabling Adobe’s incredible growth.