Young Women’s Summit

PBWC Young Women's Summit, October 14, 2015

Keynote Speakers

Jackie Speier has lived her entire life inside California’s 14th Congressional District and in April 2008 was elected to represent the district in Congress. In total she has over 29 years of representative public service. Nationally, Jackie is best known for her passionate and compelling speeches on the House floor, such as her spontaneous response to a congressional colleague who trivialized women who – like her – have had medically necessary second trimester abortions. She routinely speaks on the House floor about men and women in our armed forces who have been raped or sexually assaulted while in the line of duty. She has also taken a lead role in working with the veterans organizations to improve delivery of VA benefits to Bay Area veterans. In 2012 Newsweek named Jackie to its list of 150 “fearless women” in the world.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a CEO, filmmaker, advocate, and thought leader. After graduating with honors from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Jennifer wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation. As a result of Miss Representation’s powerful impact, Jennifer launched The Representation Project, a non-profit organization established to awaken people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action and ultimately, transform culture. Jennifer’s second film, The Mask You Live In, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, and explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large. Jennifer executive produced the Academy Award-Nominated and Emmy Award-winning documentary The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground. She is currently in production on her third film, The Great American Lie. When she’s not running The Representation Project and making documentaries, Jennifer serves as a Global Advisory Board member of the Dove Self Esteem Project, a co-chair of We Day California, and a commissioner on the Girl Scouts’ Healthy MEdia Commission. Jennifer resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and their three young children.

Considered this generation’s “Go to Authority” on women, girls and confidence, Jess Weiner believes that if we want to change culture, we have to work with the media makers, marketers, and influencers who create the messaging. She is a social entrepreneur and the CEO of Talk to Jess, a consulting and strategy firm that advises global brands on the issues facing today’s women and girls. Her business acumen and expertise have given her an unprecedented seat at the table among key decision makers- not only to advocate meaningfully on behalf of women and girls but to drive an actual shift in the way media and entertainment engage with them. With over 20 years of experience working in the field as a speaker, writer and educator, she’s authored two best selling books and has proudly served as Dove’s Global Self-Esteem Ambassador for nearly a decade. She’s also an adjunct professor at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism where she teaches personal branding and entrepreneurship. Jess was named by Forbes as one of the “14 Power Women to Follow” on Twitter.

In her five seasons with the Golden Bears, Kai Felton has been instrumental in the development of Cal’s guards, including WNBA draft first-round picks Layshia Clarendon (2013) and Brittany Boyd (2015). Kai has been a member of head coach Lindsay Gottlieb’s staff since Gottlieb’s first season with the Bears, helping Cal to its historic Final Four run in 2013 and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to her time in Berkeley, Kai spent two seasons with the Oregon Ducks, where she helped transform the Ducks into one of the most potent offenses in the nation.

As a Leadership Development Manager at UCSF’s Center for the Health Professions, Alleysha has devoted her career to the development of current and future leaders. Prior to working at the Center, Alleysha was the Senior Program Manager with Playworks, where she supervised youth development programs and spearheaded various community initiatives throughout Silicon Valley. In this role, Alleysha founded the Playful Leaders of Playworks Northern California, a leadership committee that executed several professional networking and service events that engaged organizations like Google, Texas Instruments, Cisco Systems, and United Way. Alleysha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and was awarded the AmeriCorps Alums Leadership Award in 2014. Outside of work, Alleysha continues to inspire and encourage through her blog Bold, Black & Blessed.

Breakout Speakers

Nicole Lenzen is a Brooklyn-based designer and technology consultant to the fashion industry. Combining her background in computer science and fashion, she designs and implements systems to manage collaborative product development and global sourcing for companies including Brooks Brothers, ALDO Group, and Warnaco. Nicole designs an eponymous collection for women on the move, ethically sewn in New York City. She previously ran a custom couture bridal business in San Francisco, specializing in contemporary gowns made from reclaimed vintage fabrics. As co-founder of the Pioneer Mode conference, Nicole hopes to bring awareness, innovation, and cross-disciplinary solutions to address long-standing challenges and stagnation within the fashion industry.

Vice-President of External Affairs for AT&T California, Kathy McKim leads the company’s Statewide Constituency Relations organization and Operations. Her 29 year career at AT&T includes positions in Marketing, Sales, Operations and External Affairs. Kathy received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Affairs from the University of Denver and her MBA from the University of San Francisco. She has also completed Data Communications certifications from within AT&T and at UC Berkeley. Kathy was appointed by the Governor to the California Volunteer Commission in 2014. She is currently board chair for City Year Sacramento, Teach for America and College Track. She is an active board member of the California Asian Chamber and St. John’s Program for Real Change and a partner with Social Venture Partners focused on improving education outcomes for students.

Résumé Strategy Speaker

As Director, Business Development, Lisa Ferguson has been a member of Crawford Group since August, 2005. Prior to her current role, Lisa was a consultant managing trade shows and events for one Crawford’s top clients. Lisa’s ability to connect with her clients and team members is what makes her an integral part of the team. She moved into account management and business development for our company because of her desire to help people solve business problems and for her ability to connect with people on all levels. Prior to working at Crawford Group, Lisa worked for DisplayWorks, an exhibit house on the Peninsula for 10 years. Lisa brings over 25 years of tradeshow, event and business solutions to Crawford Group.

Hosts and Moderators

Kristen Sze has been with ABC7 News since 1998. She currently co-anchors ABC7 News weekday mornings 4:30 7:00 a.m., and at 11:00 a.m. Voted ‘Best News Anchor’ in 2011 by San Francisco BayList, Kristen also won a 2002 Emmy Award for her work hosting ABC7’s “Profiles of Excellence.” In 1999, she won an Emmy Award for best Children/Youth Segment. Kristen has Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. She is member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. A scholarship from the Asian American Journalists Association enabled Sze to study at Oxford University in England. Kristen also volunteers with a number of community organizations, among them the Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco, the Chinese American Voter Education Committee, Chinatown Community Children’s Center, San Mateo County’s Childcare Coordinating Council, Self Help for the Elderly, Chinese Historical Society in San Francisco, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Professional Businesswomen’s Conference, Rotary Club of San Mateo’s “Reach for the Stars,” honoring high school leaders. She has also worked with both the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame and the Crisis Center where she has been a crisis counselor and helped fundraise for San Francisco City College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitalities program.

Wendy Lee covers Yahoo, Google, Apple and Facebook for The Chronicle’s tech desk. Previously, she worked at NPR-affiliate 89.3 FM KPCC in Pasadena, Star Tribune in Minneapolis and The Tennessean in Nashville. Wendy grew up in the Bay Area. She won The Chronicle’s high school scholarship in 2001 and landed a summer job as a copyperson at the paper, delivering mail, answering phones and writing news briefs. Wendy graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in history and wrote for campus newspaper, The Daily Californian. She is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and a preliminary judge for The Gerald Loeb Awards.

Nicole serves as Chief Counsel to the California State Lottery. Prior to that, she was an attorney with Downey Brand LLP, where she focused on corporate and securities matters. Before joining Downey Brand, Nicole was with the firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC in Palo Alto. In addition to her work with PBWC, Nicole is also on the board of the Sacramento Children’s Home. She received a B.A. from Santa Clara University and a J.D. from the UC Davis School of Law. Nicole lives in Sacramento with her husband Patrick, 2 year old son Connor, and rescue dogs Cody and Duncan.

Deepti Srivastava is a Technical Program Manager in the Storage Infrastructure at Google. Srivastava’s team provides the data store for many of Google’s products, such as Google+ and Google Maps. Prior to that, she was at Oracle Corporation in the RAC Database development team, creating scalable on-demand cloud computing technologies. While at Oracle, Srivastava was also an enthusiastic member of Oracle Women’s Leadership. Srivastava is a passionate advocate of STEM education, especially for girls. She has served on several panels across the San Francisco Bay Area as an expert on women’s leadership and technology. Srivastava enjoys dancing and has performed on stage as a member of a salsa troupe and a Bollywood dance troupe. She also enjoys snowboarding and all things fashion.


Kimberely Augustin has been with Chevron for over 11 years. She is currently a Global Marketing Coordinator in Chevron’s Oronite business unit where she is responsible for planning and development of marketing activities across product lines to support growth opportunities worldwide. Chevron Oronite is a world-class developer, manufacturer and marketer of lubricant and fuel additives and chemicals designed to help enhance the performance of all types of transportation and industrial equipment. Prior to her current marketing position, she was a Contracts Advisor in Chevron’s procurement organization. And before that, she served as a Global Marketing Specialist in the Chevron Lubricants division managing the Delo and Ursa product brands. Before Chevron, Augustin was an Account Manager at Carol H. Williams Advertising Agency servicing General Motors divisions. Augustin earned an MBA at California State University, East Bay with a concentration in Marketing Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Org. Comm minoring in Speech Communications. Augustin grew up in Oakland, CA, and went to Oakland Public Schools graduating from Skyline High School in 1997. Augustin now resides in Dublin, CA, with her two little girls Journey Ann and Treasure Michelle.

Saaleha Bey is a rising sophomore at the University of California Berkeley as an intended double major in Computer Science and Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice and Public Policy. Saaleha likes creating her own animations using Maya software, developing mobile apps and websites and is a foodie in her spare time. She aspires to create her own business. Technology and computing have assumed large roles in everyday interactions and services; many youth today are beginning to use technology at an earlier age for communication and studies. Saaleha wants to tap into this growing market and further equip youth with the skills to succeed in this world, as well as expose them to technology’s various applications, such as networking, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise. Thorough social enterprise she wishes to use computer science to educate and empower the youth today both locally and globally to use technology to their advantage, so they can be unlimited in their aspirations.

Meleeneh DerHartunian provides regulatory, scientific, and documentation expertise to clinical trial management teams for pharmaceutical products, specifically for oncology drug development. Before joining Genentech, Meleeneh worked as a Staff Technical Writer at Stryker Endoscopy in South San Jose where she led several regulatory, quality, and training initiatives for the Arthroscopy and General Surgery division of the medical device company. Meleeneh has a PhD in Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Southern California, a U.S. Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC), and a Regulatory Affairs Certificate in Clinical Trial Design and Management from the International Center of Regulatory Science at USC.

Jessica Graham is the Community Relations Manager for Cisco Silicon Valley. Whether employees have an hour once a year, or an afternoon once a week, Jessica’s role oversees and directs the programs and communications that empower 15,000+ Cisco employees to get engaged in the greater Bay Area community. Jessica also leads Cisco’s participation as a founding partner of US2020, a STEM mentoring initiative that seeks to galvanize one million STEM volunteers to mentor and demonstrate the hip and cool relevance of science and technology careers to the next generation of scientists, engineers, and critical thinkers. Jessica earned dual B.A. degrees in English and Spanish from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, and a Master’s in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. In her spare time, Jessica mentors a group of youth entrepreneurs in East Oakland, and currently resides in San Jose, CA with Max, a 6-year old Pomeranian.

Emma Mayerson is the Co-founder and Director of Alliance for Girls (AFG), a membership association of more than 90 organizations and individuals serving more than 216,000 girls in 5 Bay Area counties. Under Emma’s leadership, AFG has become the largest alliance of girls’ organizations and champions in the nation, working collectively to ensure girl-serving organizations are more connected, more effective and better able to prepare the girls of today to be the leaders of tomorrow. Emma is an experienced organizer and advocate for women and girls. She began her organizing career at Tufts University by co-founding the Jumbo Janitor Alliance, a student club that organized Tufts students to act as advocates for, and in community with, Tufts janitors. After graduating, she became a Community Organizing Resident with the Progressive Jewish Alliance, organizing the Jewish community in support of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. In this role, Emma was trained by the Industrial Areas Foundation in community organizing. Emma also worked at the Women’s Foundation of California where she worked on a speaking series that highlighted the stories of successful and civically minded women in Los Angeles, California. Emma graduated cum laude from Tufts University where she won the Ted Shapiro Award for Outstanding Senior Thesis and was inducted into the Honos Civicus Society for her commitment to community service.

Vibha Naran is a Senior Director at Blue Shield of California, a 3.5 million member not-for-profit health plan that serves the commercial, individual and government markets in California. She is responsible for developing and overseeing the integration strategy of a recent acquisition, which will provide the company with a platform for future growth, new capabilities and an opportunity to manage the underserved Medi-Cal population. Prior to this role, Vibha led the development of the company’s innovative and groundbreaking Accountable Care Organization program, which has resulted in over $300 million in company savings. In this pivotal position, she collaborated with medical groups and hospitals to design the statewide strategy for more effectively coordinating care for members, while increasing quality and lowering costs. Because of her passion to drive personal impact, Vibha partners with organizations in the community to advance Blue Shield’s Women Lead to Excellence, a program devoted to transforming and exploring ways to better develop young girls and women for leadership. Vibha earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance at California State University, Sacramento.

Dr. Shida Tan is a technical lead and senior staff engineer in the Platform Engineering Group of Intel Corporation. She has led research projects in novel ion beam technology development, novel ion and photon beam applications in physical debug, carbon nanotubes, and photonics. Shida actively drives collaboration initiatives with academia and across industry. She is the program chair elect for 2018 EIPBN conference. Shida received her Ph.D. degree in Material Science with minor in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in 2002 and B.S. degree from Tsinghua University in 1997. She authored over 50 technical publications in addition to 9 issued US patents.

Ruth Yomtoubian is a full spectrum strategist and cross-cultural guru based in San Francisco, with experience running programs at the cusp of large brands and start-ups in Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Latin America and Asia. Currently leading ideation, inception, incubation, implementation and commercialization of innovative projects for AT&T. In her role as Director of Marketing and Mobility of the AT&T Foundry Innovation Center, Ruth identifies business needs that can leverage innovation within the enterprise and evaluates startups in the tech eco-system for potential strategic partnership with AT&T; positioning these companies and developing their solution message. In addition, Ruth is Executive Producer of the broadcasted Futurecast outreach series, a forum of thought leaders designed to vet, debate and spark ideas that will set the course of the collective technology future. Prior to AT&T, Ruth oversaw advocacy campaigns for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, driving awareness around leading industry priorities including energy, regulatory affairs, and infrastructure. She also led cross-cultural initiatives to advocate for stronger U.S. trade relations.




10:00am BREAK


  • Session A: “Careers of 2020” Panel
  • Session B: “Focus on STEM” Careers Panel

11:15am BREAK


12:30pm LUNCH





About the Event

Through teenage years into their late twenties, many young women are exploring what interests them, what path they want to take in life, and the personal, intellectual and professional pursuits that will compose their present and future. The PBWC Young Women’s Summit provides infinite possibilities, along with tools, tactics and connections, which will be helpful for taking the next steps to developing skills, learning new ones, and starting careers.

  • A free, one-day, one of a kind event
  • Designed to inspire young women to dream big and reach high
  • Gain real-world tools to achieve career and life goals
  • Inspiring speakers, mentoring sessions, career counseling and networking
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Benefits for Young Women 17-23

Benefits for Schools and Career Centers

Mentorship for professional development Motivational speakers, speed mentoring, character building
Inspiring, informative day to help create a career or life path Students can plan their career path with a “real world” experience
Networking opportunities among 300 young women Positively impact the future of young women focused on professional success


Ways for Schools and Communities to Participate 

High schools, colleges, career center, community groups and businesses of all sizes can support the professional development of young women in several ways.


SPREAD THE WORD  Print out the Summit flyer and post on bulletin boards
SPONSOR  Become a PBWC Sponsor
VOLUNTEER  Volunteer with the PBWC

About PBWC

PBWC provides skill development and networking opportunities as well as the inspiration and motivation to encourage women at all levels to achieve their ambitions and work toward gender equity in professional settings. Founded by Congresswoman Jackie Speier with 25-years of continuous service, PBWC is California’s premier organization for professional women.


Our Young Women’s Summit Sponsors

genentech2   cisco