Join us for the 22nd annual Berkeley Haas Women In Leadership Conference! =)

 We'll tackle topics on how women evolve through their careers, and how men and women alike play a crucial role in this. We invite you to join our diverse panelists and keynote speakers as we discuss topics related to biases and work towards creating a supportive environment for everyone

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March 17, 2018


2018 AGENDA:


8:00 am: Breakfast and Registration

9:00 am: Welcome!

9:15 am: Introduction to Haas' new Center for Gender Equity & Leadership

9:20 am: DEVELOP - Visualizing Ourselves as Leaders

9:50 am: DEVELOP - Keynote Speaker

10:15 am: Coffee Break

10:30 am: DEVELOP - Women in the Workplace 2017

10:50 am: DEVELOP - The Power Of Women

11:50 am: Lunch

1:00 pm: PROGRESS - Keynote Speaker

1:45 pm: Coffee Break

2:00 pm: PROGRESS - Workshops

3:00 pm: Coffee Break

3:15 pm: ADVANCE - Panels

4:15 pm: ADVANCE - Keynote Speaker

5:00 pm: Wine Reception sponsored by SoFi




Visualizing Ourselves as Leaders



A select group of women share their foundational stories and discuss how their upbringing, education, and/or culture shaped their view of self



The Power of Women


A panel discussing how women create opportunities and results, both in terms of ROI and society, when represented equally in the workforce



Designing Organizations for Equitable Leadership


Leaders in various organizations discuss what an equitable organization looks like and how to create one. This panel is a must for future leaders dedicated to giving everyone a fair shot at success




Women and the higher search for purpose


Women vastly outnumber men in impact-driven careers and roles. What motivates these female leaders, and how have they been able to reconcile their careers with their broader searches for purpose?



Women in the Workplace 2017


Chloe Johnson, a McKinsey consultant and manager of the Women in the Workplace research team, will present the results of the 2017 study, produced in partnership with LeanIn.Org




#metoo unpacked: rethinking workplace sexual harassment & how you respond


This workshop helps you understand what sexual harassment is, and how it manifests itself across intersectional identities as well as tactical tools to respond whether you’re a target or a witness


Keynote Speakers

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Laura Tyson

Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School and Faculty Director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact at the Berkeley Haas School of Business


Laura D. Tyson is a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School and Faculty Director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. She chairs the Blum Center for Developing Economies Board of Trustees. From 2002-2006, she served as Dean of London Business School and from 1998-2001 she served as Dean of the Berkeley-Haas. Tyson was a member of the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board and a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She served in the Clinton Administration as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and as Director of the National Economic Council (1995 – 1996). She is a member of the Board of Directors of AT&T and CBRE Group Inc. She is the co-author of Leave No One Behind, a report for the United Nation’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

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Julie Herendeen

Leads Global Business Marketing at Uber


Julie is a CMO, business leader and public board member who has grown multiple technology businesses from startup to global scale. Currently Julie leads Global Business Marketing at Uber. Prior to Uber, Julie was the CMO at Dropbox with P&L responsibility for Dropbox’s self-service business. Previously, Julie led marketing and business teams at Lookout, Yahoo!, Netscape and Apple, and was the founding CMO of  Shutterfly. Julie holds a BA in Economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of HubSpot and actively works with startups as an advisor and angel investor.

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Larissa Roesch

Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Dodge & Cox


Larissa Roesch is a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Dodge & Cox. She joined the firm twenty years ago, right after graduating from Haas. She serves as one of ten members of the firm’s U.S. Fixed Income Investment Committee, which collectively manages the firm’s $125+ billion in fixed income AUM and also serves as a client portfolio manager for the firm’s institutional corporate clients. Larissa received her A.B. degree in music and mathematics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Berkeley-Haas School of Business. At Haas, Larissa was President of the MBAA (the first woman to do so), participated in IBD, helped plan the second annual WIL conference, and was on the staff of HaasWeek. Prior to business school, Larissa worked for various institutions in the not-for-profit classical performing arts industry. Larissa currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation, the Board of Berkeley-Haas School of Business, and the Search Committee for the new Dean of Berkeley-Haas. She is a founding Advisory Board member of the Berkeley-Haas Center for Gender, Equity & Leadership.

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Saru Jayaraman

Co-Founder and President of the ROC United and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California

Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and President of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC, which now has more than 18,000 worker members, 200 employer partners, and several thousand consumer members in a dozen states nationwide. The story of Saru and her co-founder’s work founding ROC has been chronicled in the book The Accidental American. Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” section in 2005, named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” in 2008, was 1010 Wins’ “Newsmaker of the Year” and New York Magazine’s “Influentials” of New York City. She was listed in CNN’s “Top10 Visionary Women” and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, and a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015. Saru authored Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013), a national bestseller, and has appeared on CNN with Soledad O’Brien, Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, Melissa Harris Perry and UP with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, the Today Show, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.  Her most recent book is Forked: A New Standard for American Dining (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Additional Speakers

Michelle Kim


Session: How to be an Ally

Co-founder and CEO of Awaken


Michelle is the co-founder and CEO of Awaken (, bringing modern and interactive diversity, inclusion, and leadership workshops to companies that wish to go beyond just "checking the box." Awaken creates compassionate and inspiring learning experiences to empower leaders and teams to lead fearlessly and inclusively in today’s dynamic workplace. Prior to Awaken, Michelle had a successful career in both tech and consulting, working with C-/VP-level executives to build high performing organizations around the world. While working in consulting and technology startups, she experienced and validated first-hand the urgent need for modern, up-to-date education that empower leaders to be more empathetic, inclusive, and culturally relevant.Michelle has been a lifelong social justice activist and has served on a variety of organizations such as the LGBTQ Speakers Bureau, SF Human Rights Commission's Advisory Committee, and LYRIC nonprofit’s Board of Directors. Michelle is a proud Golden Bear and a Haas graduate.




Annie Sartor


Session: Designing Organizations for Equitable Leadership

Leads workplace programs at PL+US, Paid Leave for the U.S.


Annie leads workplace programs at PL+US, Paid Leave for the U.S. and works with the nation’s top employers to develop high quality paid family leave policies to meet the needs of working families. Annie has over 15 years of experience in public advocacy campaigns for social and environmental justice, and is passionate about applying this experience to ensure that everyone working in the United States is able to be there for their families when they are needed most.


Rory Gerberg


Session: #metoo unpacked - rethinking workplace sexual harassment & how you respond

Consultant on sexual harassment, bias, and diversity & inclusion at ReadySet


Rory is a consultant on sexual harassment, bias, and diversity & inclusion at ReadySet. Her work on gender and inclusion has spanned workplace sexual harassment; sexual harassment and assault at Harvard and U.S. college campuses nationally; and sexual violence in Latin America. In her current work with organizations, Rory revamps policies, advises leaders, and designs and runs workshops to advance inclusive workplaces. She tailors content to a wide-range of clients, from small nonprofits to large tech firms in today's headlines, and integrates behavioral science insights to drive effective results. As an Adrienne Hall Fellow at Harvard University, Rory developed an interactive training module on sexual harassment and assault and manual to guide facilitators. She published Op-Eds in the Boston Globe and Harvard Kennedy School Review, and was featured in the New York Times, Associated Press, NPR, and CBS This Morning. Her work on sexual harassment and assault prevention was recognized with Harvard's Holly Taylor Sargent Award for Women's Advancement. (



Carly Leahy


Session: Visualizing ourselves as leaders

Co-founder and CCO of Modern Fertility


Carly Leahy is the co-founder and CCO of Modern Fertility, a women's health company focused on making fertility information more accessible for women earlier in life. Carly is a brand builder through and through. She's held brand and marketing roles at Google–leading creative for a grassroots initiative to help small businesses succeed online–and Uber, running content and creative strategy for new Uber products like UberEATS and UberHEALTH. At Modern Fertility, she’s focused on making the science of fertility more human and helpful for women everywhere.


Brandi DeCarli


Session: Women and the higher search for purpose

Founding Partner of Farm from a Box


Brandi DeCarli is the Founding Partner of Farm from a Box, an off-grid, modularly designed farm system that provides communities with the tools and technology needed to strengthen local food production. Previously, Brandi was the Managing Partner of Human.kind Philanthropic Advisory Company, where she worked to develop strategic collaborations and partnerships between nonprofits, government agencies, donors and private sector.  A Rising Talent with the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society, she is passionate about driving positive change in the world through innovation, compassion, and connection. Brandi is a proud graduate of University of California, Berkeley.



Eve Chaurand


Session: Visualizing ourselves as leaders

General Counsel for Udemy


Eve Chaurand is currently interim General Counsel for Udemy, a global online education marketplace. She is President of the San Francisco French American Chamber of Commerce, fostering the success of French entrepreneurs and businesses in the US. Previously, Eve was General Counsel of and General Counsel and SVP of Business Development of She spent her career in Europe and the US advising clients on foreign investments and cross-border transactions, and leading the legal teams of global technology platforms. Eve spent the last 15 years supporting technology companies that enable social change, consumer empowerment and making people’s lives better.


Danielle DeRuiter-Williams


Session: Designing Organizations for Equitable Leadership

Social change strategist and CEO of The Justice Collective


Danielle is a social change strategist and CEO of The Justice Collective. She is committed to organizational transformation that unapologetically centers race and class equity in every context. With clients, Danielle works closely to surface underlying barriers to change and to build the capacity of clients to go beyond what they perceive to be possible to do what is necessary to achieve their equity goals. While leading TJC, Danielle founded and led the development of the San Francisco Planning Department’s first Racial and Ethnic Equity Initiative which includes the creation and implementation of a comprehensive organizational strategy that identifies and leverages opportunities to advance racial equity. Danielle holds Master’s Degrees from the University of California Los Angeles in both Urban and Regional Planning and Afro-American Studies and will finish her MBA at Mills College in the spring with a concentration in Equitable Organizational Development and Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.


Natalie Brain


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Leadership development facilitator and coach for leaders and teams around the world


Natalie helps organizations grow fearlessly and feel more empowered, connected, and inspired. She is a leadership development facilitator and coach for leaders and teams around the world and co-delivers the award-winning people manager training at one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2018". She was a full-time lecturer in applied positive psychology at the University of Melbourne in Australia and has 10+ years of management experience on six continents. She has an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, master's degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and undergraduate degree in economics/business from UCLA. She is also a CPA. On a personal note, she is a mindful leader facilitator for Spirit Rock Meditation Center.


The Women in Leadership conference is held annually at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Haas is accessible via public transportation and car, and parking is available on the street or in private facilities.

University of California, Berkeley
Haas School of Business

2220 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720



Parking on the UC Berkeley campus on the conference day can be very difficult and expensive ($20-25 for the duration of the event). To have the most enjoyable experience, consider taking public transit and/or rideshare.

  • BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)

From either airport, San Francisco or other points west or south of Berkeley, take a Richmond-bound BART train to the Downtown Berkeley station. From the BART station, it's a 20-minute (uphill) walk to Haas; you can also take AC Transit buses or rideshare.


If taking rideshare to Haas, use the address 2220 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720 for pick-up and drop-off.


Please note that Stadium Parking Structure may fill up quickly/earlier in the day.

1) Stadium Parking Structure
Address: 2175 Gayley Road - Adjacent to Memorial Stadium (though if you are using a GPS or Google Maps please enter 2203 Piedmont Avenue as this is approximately where the entry is located). The lot is across the street from the Haas School of Business. To learn more about rates and payment click here.

2) Underhill Garage
Address: 2616 Haste St
Entrances: Channing Way and Haste Street

To learn more about rates and payment click here.


Collaborative Partner







The Berkeley-Haas Women in Leadership organization's mission is to serve the entire Haas community through a series of professional, educational, and social events designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of women's roles in business while equipping WIL members to achieve success.

Beyond hosting the annual WIL conference, WIL is actively involved in leading the Women's Workshop and Diversity Conference, and offers regular social events and an annual retreat for Haas students and partners.

Visit the Women in Leadership website


For over 100 years, the Haas School of Business has offered exceptional management education to outstanding women and men from around the world. The school is one of the world's leading producers of new ideas and knowledge for all areas of business, and a launching point for many new businesses. The Haas School is widely known for its diverse and talented faculty, staff, students and alumni. Its programs benefit significantly from the university's practice of interdisciplinary research and teaching, and the school's strong connections to nearby Silicon Valley.

Visit the Haas School of Business website


2018 Co-Chairs


Mary Harty and Mackenzie Cooke
Ejede Okogbo
Mike Solarz
Jen Kozin and Sonia Rodrigues