Career Forward: Strategies from Women Who've Made It with Grace Puma & Christiana Smith Shi - Professional BusinessWomen of California

Career Forward: Strategies from Women Who’ve Made It with Grace Puma & Christiana Smith Shi

March 19, 2024 - 4:00 PM Pacific Time

Tuesday, March 19th at 4:00 PM Pacific Time


At a time when many long-held workplace structures and beliefs are changing, Author and Corporate Director Grace Puma and Senior Advisor and Former President of Nike Consumer Direct Christiana Smith Shi, penned Career Forward, a beacon for women aspiring to achieve success and satisfaction in rewarding careers. Drawing on their decades of experience and reaching the top of Fortune 500 companies, Grace and Christiana show women how to:
– Maximize their career journeys
– Get paid what they’re worth
– Navigate the shifts that occur in any company
– Build a leadership identity
– Have a fulfilling life in and out of work


“Career forward” means keeping a focus on the future and recognizing that being good at your job is often not enough—that you should take every opportunity to boost your connections, take on “difficult” assignments, and work actively to broaden your skills. Expect Grace and Christiana to challenge negative stereotypes about female ambition, and urge women to be bold, follow their dreams, and seize the chance to lead “big” lives.


Focusing on themes from their book Career Forward, this webinar offers a refreshing response to anyone who wonders whether working hard is really worth it. Grace and Christiana’s emphatic answer is “yes,” because by correctly following the blueprint in Career Forward, the rewards will far outweigh the effort. Join us March 19 at 4:00pm Pacific Time and get a groundbreaking, empowering guide for women that shows how to prioritize your career path, build professional value, and enjoy your full life both in and out of the workplace.


The webinar recording is shared with all registrants and will be available for 90 days from the live event date.

Speaker Information

Grace Puma is the former executive vice president and COO of PepsiCo, and before that held senior positions with United Airlines, Kraft Foods, Motorola, and Gillette. A board member of both Organon & Co and Target, she has been ranked on the “Most Powerful Latina” list by Fortune magazine and recognized as the “Executive of the Year” by Latina Style magazine. Puma holds a BA in business administration and economics from Illinois Benedictine University. She lives in Tampa, Florida.


Christiana Smith Shi is the former president of Nike’s consumer-direct division where she led the company’s global retail and ecommerce business. Before that she was a senior partner at McKinsey & Co. Christiana has been named one of the Most Influential Corporate Directors by Women, Inc. She currently leads Lovejoy Advisors, which is focused on digitally transforming consumer and retail businesses. Shi is a graduate of Stanford University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a Baker Scholar. She lives in Portland, Oregon.