The 2017 PBWC Industry Leader Awards

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

Danielle Brown

Danielle is a tech industry influencer and leader who has advanced the conversation and drove real results for greater workforce diversity and inclusion at Intel and in high tech. She is a strong advocate for women progression in the workplace. Danielle leads the strategy and execution of Intel’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative. In this role, Danielle is responsible for leading the team’s efforts around Intel’s bold goal to achieve full representation of women and underrepresented minorities in our US workforce by 2020. Previously, Danielle served as the Chief of Staff and Technical Assistant for Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel Corporation, where she was responsible for providing strategic and operational support to Intel’s CEO and executive leadership team. She has held several leadership roles in the Human Resources organization, including Intel’s Executive Talent Management, Global Learning, and Operations organizations. Danielle has led Intel’s Network of Executive Women (iNEW) initiative for several years and is actively involved in developing Intel’s female leadership pipeline.

Michelle Di Gangi

Michelle co-founded Bank of the West’s first resource group committed to the personal and professional growth of women through coaching, education, mentoring and networking. She also helped to found the mentoring program and has been a member of FWA, NAWBO, NAFE and East Bay Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Michelle is EVP of small- and mid-size enterprise banking at Bank of the West, joining the firm in 2008. She holds a BS in Psychology and an MBA from UCLA, as well as a MsEd in special education from USC.

Leslie Tabor

Leslie is highly passionate about Diversity & Inclusion at Schwab and across the financial services industry. She believes in the value that diversity brings to the workplace and is enthusiastic about helping people reach their leadership potential. She currently serves as the co-chair for the San Francisco Women’s Interactive Network at Schwab (WINS) and the business advisor for all Charles Schwab San Francisco employee resource groups. Leslie Y. Tabor is a Managing Director with the Charles Schwab Advisor Services organization where she oversees the strategic direction of key programs for delivering value and high impact client experience for advisors who custody with Schwab. Most recently, Leslie has focused her efforts in supporting advisors who custody with Schwab by leading the strategic direction of a key program. The Registered Investment Advisor ( RIA) Talent Advantage Program supports advisors in their efforts to attract, develop and retain diverse talent within the RIA industry.

Inhi Suh

Inhi chairs IBM’s Women Executive Council, leading executives and champions worldwide to increase and support our executive representation as well as the pipeline for leadership roles. She and the council enable leaders to drive engagement, and increase our societal impact. Inhi Cho Suh is the General Manager of IBM Collaboration Solutions, responsible for driving the multi-billion dollar software business. Previously, Inhi was head of IBM Analytics Strategy & Business Development responsible for $18B+ Revenue and IBM’s most strategic growth imperative.

Nailah Thompson, DO, MD

Dr. Thompson fully realizes the importance of not only establishing a medical diagnosis and treatment and teaching preventive healthcare, but also identifying and addressing barriers to health and health care which is a key to Kaiser Permanente’s mission. Along with being a Primary Care Physician, Dr. Thompson is the newly appointed program director of the Internal Medicine Health Disparities and Health Equity track at the Oakland Medical Center. In August of 2015, she started a Specialty Blood Pressure Clinic at the Oakland Medical Center as a service to all Black/African American patients in the East Bay with poorly controlled hypertension. This clinic is dedicated to improving blood pressure control in the Black/African American community and addressing and eliminating the disparities. Dr. Thompson serves on the Kaiser Permanente East Bay Diversity and Inclusion Committee as chair of the Clinical Care Sub-Committee. Besides her work in the clinic and hospital, Dr. Thompson spends a significant amount of time in the community working on health education beginning with focusing on the importance of healthy eating, drinking and being active in children. She works with both the NBA and the Golden State Warriors in the Kaiser Permanente NBA FIT and GET FIT clinics and is committed to improving the health of the city of Oakland.

Pat Wadors

Under Pat’s leadership, LinkedIn is taking the next steps and leading efforts in creating a true culture of belonging. In 2016 , Pat was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology, National Diversity Council in 2015 and 2016. Pat Wadors joined LinkedIn in January 2013 to lead its world-class talent (HR) team. As the SVP of Talent and CHRO for LinkedIn, Pat is also responsible for all employee-related HR programs at LinkedIn, including compensation and benefits and performance management.

Kim Rivera

Kim leads on Diversity and Inclusion inside and outside HP. She advises on HP’s enterprise D&I strategy. Kim also recently announced HP’s “diversity holdback” program, which uses financial incentives and D&I performance standards that support external law firm efforts to advance diversity within firms and to meaningfully improve the number of diverse law firm attorneys working with HP. Kim Rivera is the Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel for HP Inc. She has 20+ years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies on significant legal and business matters.

Sandy Carter

Sandy Carter, founder/CEO of Silicon-Blitz, is a leading pioneer in the digital business revolution. She focuses on helping companies with innovation, technology, and cognitive diversity. Her fifth book, Extreme Innovation:Three Superpowers for Purpose and Profit has just been published.

Gail Thomas

With over 20 years at Microsoft, Gail continues to drive for stronger teams through inclusive practices and diverse hiring. Gail is passionate about growing and developing talent as an active mentor, sponsor and advocate for career development across the company. As Vice President for Microsoft’s West Region Enterprise Business, Gail Thomas and her team are responsible for working with Microsoft’s largest Enterprise customers in the Western United States to deliver technology solutions that empower their organizations and achieve business transformation

Mary Francis

Mary established a pro-bono program and serves as diversity council executive sponsor helping promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession at Chevron. She secured VA disability benefits for a female army veteran, and volunteers for pro bono legal matters. Mary provides counsel to the Chevron Board of Directors and senior management on corporate governance matters and manages the company’s corporate governance function. Mary serves as secretary to the Board, the Executive Committee and the Board Nominating and Governance Committee.

Janet Loduca

Prior to her current role she was VP of Investor Relations, VP of Safety, Health and Environment, VP, Corporate Relations, and chief of staff to the former PG&E President. She serves on the board of for GirlsInc. of Alameda. Janet is broad in her impact to D&I. She is executive sponsor to the Women’s Network and NuEnergy ERGs. She role models the power of leadership, positively impacting multiple lines of business. She is generous with her time and spirit.

Lori Friedman, PhD

Lori has been a tireless leader of women’s advancement in science. Lori serves on the AACR-Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Council, the WICR scholar awards committee, and chairs the professional advancement session at the AACR annual conference. Lori Friedman was trained in Molecular and Cell Biology, earning her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and completing postdoctoral research at Cambridge University, UK.Lori has published 84 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and is an inventor on 23 issued patents.