The Professional BusinessWomen of California is pleased to announce the 2017 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.
2017 Industry Leaders
With over 19 years at Oracle, Lorri is responsible for creating programs, building partnerships, and developing pipeline for Diversity and Veteran recruiting initiatives. Lorri has a passion for developing women’s talent, serving as an Oracle Women’s Leadership Community Leader, with a solid reputation as coach, trusted adviser, and a thought leader in women’s development.
Lorri is creating an Oracle legacy through her commitment to engage and develop diverse talent, which includes advancing Oracle Women’s Leadership (OWL), mentoring and coaching the next generation of Oracle women leaders, and driving Oracle Diversity Recruitment through the Oracle “Operation Forward March” initiative, college recruiting events, and diversity focused conferences.
Patt Cronin, General Manager, Global Technology Services , is the most senior Hispanic woman at IBM, and co-chairs the Hispanic Executive Council, driving significant actions for the US Hispanic constituency, including executive and technical development, new hire and community outreach.
Patt leads a team 30,000+ worldwide and is very involved in the Hispanic community, sitting on several Boards including Great Minds in STEM, and a nonprofit her daughter started, Running with Love, helping migrant workers get their children college ready.
Jolee Crosson joined Microsoft in 2013 as a Sales Director for the NorCal Enterprise Partner Group (EPG) responsible for sales revenues with some of the largest Microsoft customers in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this role, Jolee manages a team of senior account executives dedicated to helping customers leverage Microsoft solutions to exceed their business and technology goals.
Jolee is a decisive leader, mentor and coach who serves as an advocate for female leaders and diversity in the workplace. A big believer in developing talent and driving for excellence, Jolee currently serves as the NorCal EPG Diversity & Inclusion Lead. Outside of work, Jolee loves spending time with her husband Ben and two young boys, Brendan and Jacob.
Kelly Duffy has been with Abbott for 25 years. She is creating an Abbott legacy through her commitment to advancing the Women Leadership of Abbott (WLA) network for mentoring the next generation of Abbott women leaders. As the West Coast Region Chairperson, she has been instrumental in gaining alignment across multiple business units to focus efforts at a Regional level instead of at a local level.
Kelly has also been very active in the PRIDE network supporting the LGBT community of Abbott employees and has demonstrated her personal commitment through her participation in a number of employee events and dedication to advancing equality. She has spoken on several panels on career and leadership development. She is an active advocate, sponsor and mentor for many women in the company.
Neesha was recently promoted to EVP of Investor Services at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. where she will lead product and service innovations designed to help clients meet their financial goals. She has an eleven year track record at Schwab of personal and professional growth including groundbreaking platform developments for Independent Registered Investment Advisors.
Neesha is a passionate advocate for equity in the workplace. She designed and launched the RIA Talent Advantage program. Talent Advantage seeks to encourage women to join financial services firms and to empower women investors. She received the United Nation’s Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Human Rights Award for Leadership. Neesha serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco and volunteers at her three young sons’ schools.
Melissa Jones is responsible for the HR strategy and programs at CSAA Insurance Group. Under her leadership, the company has been recognized as a leader in employee professional development, diversity and wellness, and has achieved a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s corporate equality index.
Jones serves as the co-leader of the organization’s Women’s Professional Network, which was created in 2014 to encourage and empower women to use their voice to make a larger impact in the workplace by maximizing personal and professional growth opportunities.
Francine Katsoudas is the Chief People Officer at Cisco, championing Cisco’s business-driven People Strategy and People Deal. In a world where work is changing faster than people, she is creating an agile, flexible and learning work environment for employees. She is focused on transforming every employee’s experience, elevating the power of teams and creating a highly inclusive, collaborative culture.
Francine Katsoudas is the ultimate “game changer,” leveraging her passion and commitment to invest in, inspire, and unleash a new generation of leaders. She is a powerful catalyst for change at Cisco – and the industry – focused on pushing traditional boundaries and driving innovative transformation.
Mary King graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and joined the US Army as a 2LT in the Signal Corps. She served as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer while stationed with the 123rd Signal Battalion in Germany, was promoted to Captain. Mary is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association. At PG&E since 2009, Mary has worked in roles in Labor Relations, Human Resources, and as the Chief of Staff to the President of PG&E. She currently oversees the Labor Relations, Compensation, Training, and HR Business Partner functions for PG&E.
Mary King an exceptional leader at PG&E and she has been a strong advocate and influential force for PG&E’s Women’s Network. Mary has participated as a panelist and keynote speaker for a number of events including Mentorship & Sponsorship of Women, Executive Presence and Challenges Facing the Future Generation of Women. She is a role model and inspiration for women leaders.
Honoré is a 25+ year veteran in executive sales leadership in the software industry. She joined VMware in early 2010 and currently serves as VMW’s Worldwide Vice President, Field and Partner Readiness. Her vision and strategy is to elevate all customer-facing resources to the highest level of sales and business excellence, delivering a positive customer experience throughout the entire sales engagement process.
Honoré serves on the VMwomen Leadership Council, which is focused on maximizing networking, business development and career opportunities for women at VMware. She has been instrumental in the initiative’s success and has accelerated the progress of VMwomen across the entire company.
Lisa M. Lambert is vice president of Intel Capital and managing director of the Software and Services sector at Intel Corporation. She leads a team of senior investment directors and associates responsible for identifying, sourcing and managing equity investments in businesses of strategic interest to Intel Corporation in areas such as analytic software, cloud computing, technology-enabled services, developer tools, and open source software.
Lisa Lambert leads Intel Capital’s Software/Services Fund; and its $125 million Diversity Fund, which invests in women and minority-led technology companies. Lisa’s passion for diversity inspired her to found UPWARD – a global non-profit accelerating the careers of executive women. Lisa was recently ranked #1 on the Top 100 Rising Star list by Global Corporate Venturing.
Erica Lockheimer is Senior Director of Engineering at LinkedIn. She leads the team focused on increasing growth in new members. She is also responsible for LinkedIn’s Women In Tech initiative, focusing on empowering women in technical roles at the company.
Erica is the manager that every engineer wants, the mentor that everyone needs, and the dynamic leader that every successful company invests in. In addition to her engineering work, Erica has been an outspoken advocate for women in tech.
Dr. Sally Saba is responsible for designing and leading ND&I work within key focus areas, including performance measurement and improvement, crossculturally adapted systems, and diversity policy compliance. Dr. Saba received the Supplier Diversity Leader of the Year Award from the Northern California National Minority Development Council in 2011 and was named one of the most influential women in Bay Area business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2015.
She served as a member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council Board of Directors for three years. In 2010, she joined the National Supplier Diversity department, and under Dr. Saba’s leadership, Kaiser Permanente achieved membership to the Billion Dollar Roundtable and received numerous other honors and acknowledgements.