Background Blue.JPG


March 16, 2019

Thank you for making the 2019 conference great

Check back in January for 2020 conference tickets and information.


2019 AGENDA:

9:00: Registration & welcome breakfast

10:00 am: Dean’s welcome

10:15 am: Inspiring Stories & Powerful Paths

  • Elena Gomez (CFO, Zendesk)

  • Dr. Brandi Pearce (Lecturer in Management of Organizations and Faculty Director of Teams@Haas) + John Pearce (Global Provider Strategy, BlackRock)

  • Sandra Lopez (Vice President, Intel Sports)

  • Nora Poggi (Director & Producer, She Started It)

11:15 am: Coffee break

11:30 am: Insights on Inclusion: A Data-Driven Approach to Creating an Inclusive Culture at SurveyMonkey

  • Jillesa Gebhardt (Research Scientist, Survey Monkey)

  • Rhisa Muse (Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Survey Monkey)

12:00 pm: Millennials, drivers of corporate change for gender equity featuring Celine Parsoud (President, WoMen'Up | Founder, Gender Busters)

12:15 pm: Networking lunch

1:15 pm: Keynote Speaker featuring Tyi McCray (Director (Interim) of Diversity and Belonging, Airbnb; PhD)

1:45 pm: The Power of Collective: How Companies Can Drive Diversity and Inclusion

  • Martha Ventura (Vice President of Engineering & Operations, T-Mobile)

  • Virginia Martinez (Senior Recruiting Lead, IDEO)

  • Caroline Winnett (Executive Director, Berkeley SkyDeck)

  • Patrick Ford (Founder, Allies at Work)

  • Moderator: Nicole Sanchez (Managing Partner & Founder, Vaya Consulting)

2:45 pm: Coffee break

3:00 pm: Individual Best Practices breakout sessions featuring:

  • The Diversity & Inclusion “Choose your Own Adventure” simulation

    • Steven Huang (Head of Diversity & Inclusion | People Analytics Pioneer, Culture Amp)

  • Courageous Conversation in the Workplace

    • Donna Wright (Senior Manager, Military & Diversity Sourcing Strategy, T-Mobile | Diversity & Inclusion Advocate)

    • Joanne de Guzman (Sr. University Relations Manager, MBA Executive Recruiting, T-Mobile)

  • Gaining the Mental Toughness to Speak Up and Lead, Together

    • Sheryl Kline, (Founder & CEO, The Zone Lab, LLC)

  • Stop Feeling Like an Imposter

    • Yuliya Tarasave (Co-founder, CNote)

    • Aimeelene Gaspar (Co-Founder, LionX)

3:45 pm: Keynote featuring Teri List-Stoll (Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Gap Inc.)

4:15 pm: Conference Summary and Wrap Up hosted by Karin H. Bauer, PhD (Program Manager, Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative & EGAL Advisory Council)

4:30 pm: Wine Reception

Keynote Speakers

Tyi McCray Headshot (2).jpg

Tyi McCray - Director (Interim) of Diversity and Belonging, Airbnb; PhD

Tyi McCray, PhD is the Interim Director of Diversity and Belonging at Airbnb. In this role she leads company-wide initiatives to ensure that Airbnb becomes an authentically diverse and inclusive company and community.  Prior to joining the private sector Tyi worked as a consultant, helping organizations in a range of industries develop tailored diversity strategies and engaging learning experiences (working with companies such as Twitter, The New York Times, Pinterest, and GoPro). Tyi also completed an 11-year tenure at Cornell University including serving as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. There she designed a diversity course for MBA students. Tyi has worked in Germany, across South America, and in South Africa.

TLS Hi Res Headshot.jpg

Teri List-Stoll - Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Gap Inc.

Teri List-Stoll joined Gap Inc. in January 2017 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Teri oversees the company’s global finance function, the global real estate team and Gap Inc.’s technology division. Teri brings more than three decades experience to Gap Inc., including top leadership positions at global consumer goods companies. Most recently, she was executive vice president and chief financial officer for Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. Prior to that, Teri served as chief financial officer for Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and in a number of roles at The Procter & Gamble Company, including senior vice president and treasurer. She began her career at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Teri serves on the board of directors and audit committees for Microsoft and Danaher. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from Northern Michigan University and is a Certified Public Accountant.


elena gomez.png

Elena Gomez - Chief Financial Officer, Zendesk

Elena Gomez is the Chief Financial Officer of Zendesk. Elena has over 20 years of leadership experience in finance, the last 10 working in growing SaaS businesses.

Throughout her two-decade career in finance at Fortune 500 companies including Visa and Charles Schwab, Elena has built a track record of strategic financial leadership and accomplishment. Prior to Zendesk, Elena spent six years at Salesforce leading the finance and strategy organization supporting the company’s largest revenue-generating teams. Elena has gained experience in managing global growth and scaling finance operations for multi billion dollar companies. She is helping grow and scale Zendesk as it broadens its enterprise reach and expands its product portfolio.In addition to her operational role, she serves as an audit committee chair for Smartsheet and PagerDuty. When not in the office, Elena has her hands full at home. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two young daughters. She loves travel and enjoys trying new cuisines and restaurants.

Brandi Pearce.jpg

Dr. Brandi Pearce - Lecturer in Management of Organizations and the Faculty Director of Teams@Haas, Haas School of Business

Prior to earning her doctorate in organizational behavior, Pearce worked in the Silicon Valley leading alliance teams for Oracle Corporation, one of the world's most innovative global organizations in the management of strategic partnerships. She deeply values the intersection between evidence-based management and organizational practice which is at the heart of her research and the experiential design of her course "Leading High Impact Teams." It is her hope that students will leave Haas feeling inspired and confident about their potential to lead teams and create value for their future organizations. Colleagues and students describe Pearce as “collaborative and approachable” as well as “curious and passionate.” She aims to be a student always and admires those who can lead with and through others.

Nora-Poggi-photo profile 2.jpg

Nora Poggi - Filmmaker, She Started It.
Nora Poggi is a French journalist/filmmaker who directed her debut film, the award-winning documentary on women entrepreneurs called SHE STARTED IT. She has interviewed key players in Silicon Valley for four years for publications including & Usine Nouvelle. She previously worked at French social network and award-winning production company Lucky Dragon Productions. She is a TEDx speaker and has been featured in Inc, Forbes, Fast Company, Glamour, Huffington Post and others.

Jillesa Gebhardt Photo.jpg

Jillesa Gebhardt - Research Scientist, Survey Monkey

Jillesa is a research scientist with SurveyMonkey’s Research and Data Insights team. She has a background in social psychology and market research which she brings to her work by providing survey best practices and insights for the product marketing and human resource functions. She has a passion for diversity and inclusion and loves that SurveyMonkey gives her the opportunity to bring a quantitative lens to the topic.

Portrait Celine PARSOUD.jpg

Céline Parsoud - President, WoMen'Up & Founder, Gender Busters

Céline is a young entrepreneur and a media specialist who became expert on digital and gender equality issues. In 2017, she founded the start-up Gender Busters, which works with companies to achieve gender diversity in the workplace. Member of Women’Up since 2014 and President WoMen'Up since 2016, she is invested in shattering stereotypes on the younger generations and gender equality issues.She is the ambassador of a new kind of feminism, both in the workplace and in civil society, on which occasion she is a speaker at many events (TedX, TedXWomen, Essec Business School, Jump Forum…)


Martha Ventura - Vice President Engineering & Operations, T-Mobile

Martha has been in the telecommunications field for 30 years.  Her career in wireless spans 23 of those years. She has found the fast paced and dynamic pace of wireless exhilarating and has grown her career from Sr. Engineer to Vice President. Martha began her wireless career with Pacific Bell Mobile Services, a new PCS venture in California, as a Sr. Switch Engineer.  PBMS eventually became Cingular Wireless, where Martha was promoted to Director of Operations in 1999. Cingular Wireless became AT&T Wireless and she became Executive Director of Engineering & Operations for Greater Los Angeles in 2001.

Martha joined T-Mobile in 2008 as Director of Engineering & Operations for the Inland Empire. She was promoted to Vice President in 2018, having responsibility for the three Los Angeles Area Markets. T-Mobile has been a great fit for her desire to put strategy into action, place the customer first, promote operational excellence and develop future leaders. She is part of T-Mobile’s Women in Leadership and Women in Technology groups. She currently mentors three women in Engineering who are looking to further their careers within Technology in T-Mobile.

Martha lives in Chino Hills, CA with her husband, Fernando and their dog Huck. They have three adult children:  Chris, Jeannine and Nicholas. Martha has a BSEE from UCLA. She has a passion for mentoring youth and is active in the Society of Hispanic Engineers and other community organizations.


Nicole Sanchez  | Founder & Managing Partner, Vaya Consulting

For more than 20 years, Nicole has served as a leading expert on diversity, inclusion, and organizational culture. In her current role as Managing Partner & Founder of Vaya, Nicole holistically transforms workplace culture for Fortune 500 corporations, tech companies and mission-driven organizations. Nicole is a lecturer on workplace diversity at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and consults globally, advising executives on best practices in diversity and inclusion. She is known for her extensive experience, historical knowledge, and keen eye for the future of technology. Previously, Nicole served as Vice President of Social Impact at GitHub, the world’s largest software development community, and Managing Partner for the Kapor Center for Social Impact. Nicole earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She serves on the Board of CODE2040, and has received numerous awards for her work. Nicole is a mother of two teenagers and lives with her family in the San Francisco East Bay, where she was born and raised.


Virginia Martinez - Senior Recruiting Lead, IDEO

Virginia Martinez is currently the Senior Recruiting Lead at IDEO, and prior to IDEO has worked at the Haas School of Management and The Boston Consulting Group. With over 15 years of recruiting experience, at the core is a strategic partner to organizations, leadership, hiring managers and candidates. She enjoys identifying and exploring opportunities for process improvement as much as she enjoys implementing and scaling those initiatives. She has experience building Recruiting teams at organizations where talent is the number one asset, and people is the number one value proposition. She is data-driven and human-centered, and will always put purpose ahead of process.

Steven Huang - Head of Diversity and Inclusion | People Analytics Pioneer, Culture Amp

Steven left his career as an actuary to start the People Analytics functions at Facebook (in 2011) and Square (in 2014). His sights are now set on solving the biggest problem yet: Diversity and Inclusion. As Culture Amp's Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Steven has a dual role - he manages the internal D&I function and oversees the diversity and inclusion integration within the tech stack for over 2,000 customers across the world. Being the D&I thought partner across companies, geographies and industries gives him a unique perspective on how to create inclusive organizations that belong in a modern world.

Joanne de Guzman.jpg

Joanne (Jo) de Guzman - Sr. University Relations Manager, MBA Executive Recruiting, T-Mobile

Joanne de Guzman is a Sr. University Relations Manager and MBA Sr. Recruiter responsible for forming relationships with students, staff, and faculty from top business schools. She helps lead recruitment efforts for T-Mobile’s elite Leadership Development Program, "Leaders to Executives." In addition, Jo comes from 12 years of entrepreneurship and large-scale event management, 3 years of Business Career Services and Employer Relations experience, and 6 years of professional development coaching. Joanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in American Ethnic Studies from University of Washington, as well as a Masters in Organizational Development from Antioch University Seattle. Her favorite part of her job is listening to a candidate's narrative, including hearing their journey towards professional, academic, and personal success that leads to pinnacle and impactful decisions.

Yuliya Tarasava.jpg

Yuliya Tarasava - Co-founder, CNote    

Yuliya Tarasava is the COO and co-founder of CNote, an impact investment platform delivering competitive returns by investing in women, minorities and low-income communities across America. As an experienced financial professional with expertise in risk management and product development, Yuliya focuses on leveraging financial tools to increase economic opportunity for everyone.

Previously, Yuliya led the quantitative due diligence for over 20 mutual funds across multiple asset classes for AMG Funds. Later at Summit Rock Advisors, she co-developed the proprietary analytics and risk management framework for a portfolio of over $10B in assets. She was selected for Acumen’s Global Fellows program, which led to her running strategy and operations for Juhudi Kilimo, a micro-financial institution in Nairobi, that supports farmers and small-to-medium agro-businesses throughout Kenya.

Yuliya was born and raised in Belarus and moved to the United States in 2004. She is a CFA charterholder.

Rhisa Muse Photo.png
John_Pearce-01 (1).jpg

Rhisa Muse - Head of Diversity and Inclusion, SurveyMonkey

Rhisa is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at SurveyMonkey. In her role, she works to ensure that SurveyMonkey is an inclusive environment where all employees—no matter their background—can succeed and feel a true sense of belonging. She designs and executes on global D&I strategy in partnership with business leaders, employee groups, and strategic partners.


John Pearce - Director of Global Provider Strategy, Blackrock

John leads Strategy and Operations for the Index and Data Solutions team as part of Blackrock's Business Operations. He serves as a member of the Business Operations Leadership Committee and has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry spanning the management of operations, project management, and finance. Pearce's service with the firm dates back to 2007 including his year's with Barclays Global Investors which merged with BlackRock in 2009. Prior to joining BGI, he was with Charles Schwab, Mellon Capital Management and Diamond Consulting. Pearce holds a BA in Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.  Pearce strives to lead beyond authority and is described by colleagues as a trusted thought partner who encourages others to think creatively. The Haas principle that resonates with him most is Confidence Without Attitude.


Patrick Ford - Founder, Allies at Work

Patrick Ford works with companies, schools, and other organizations to create uniquely tailored strategies to educate over-represented people on inclusive leadership and allyship. He founded MBA Allies, a coalition of allyship groups at the top 30 MBA programs globally, to support club leadership with best practices and educational resources. He also started Allies at Work, a consulting service that helps DEI and HR professionals engage white men on allyship topics. Patrick is a DEI facilitator with Awaken (founded by Michelle Kim, a Haas alum), a company that provides DEI trainings for corporations and nonprofits of all shapes and sizes and also an allyship consultant to EGAL. He is also among the leadership of a volunteer-run community group that organizes white men in the east bay to do solidarity work with WOC-led organizations. In his spare time, Patrick does nonprofit consulting, leadership coaching, and is an advanced-beginner at dancing salsa. Patrick graduated with an MBA from Haas in 2017 and a BS from Berkeley in 2008.

Sheryl_Kline_MA_CHPC_Bio_Feb2018 (1) (2).jpg
Sandra Lopez.PNG
Donna Wright BW Pride.jpg
Harrison, Ann_1 (FAC) approved.jpg

Sheryl Kline - Founder, The Zone Lab, LLC

Sheryl Kline M.A. CHPC is a dynamic speaker, trainer, and coach who specializes in mental toughness. She has built her career on two decades of studying, researching, and working with world-class athletes and business professionals at major Fortune 500 companies in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and worldwide. Sheryl is a ThriveGlobal contributor and a featured guest for various national podcasts, helping others to develop the mindset required to believe and achieve their best—consistently.


Sandra E. Lopez - Vice President, Intel Sports

Sandra E. Lopez is VP for Intel Sports responsible for partnering with the sports industry to deliver the next generation storytelling platform: Immersive Media. Her team is focused on leading the business, marketing, and market development efforts of Intel Sports and Intel Studios. In addition, her team works closely with the partners to develop go-to-market strategies focused on driving business growth.

Previously, she was within Intel’s New Technology Group, leading and managing the Fashion wearable business.  In this role, Lopez was a vocal advocate for the convergence between fashion and technology.

Prior to her current position, she was director of strategic partnerships for fashion and fitness, with responsibility for defining and carrying out Intel’s business strategy for wearables technology.

Earlier in her Intel career, Lopez held various roles within corporate marketing, including director of new business marketing and director of consumer marketing. In the latter role, she led Intel’s brand repositioning work to earn an Intel Achievement Award in 2010. She also earned industry honors. In 2013, she won a Marketers That Matter award, a program that recognizes top marketing executives in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2015, she was named among the Top 10 Latina Execspacerutives by LATINA Style Inc.

Before joining Intel in 2005, Lopez worked at Adobe Systems Inc., Macromedia, Computer Associates International Inc. and several other technology companies.

Lopez holds a bachelor’s of science degree in economics and textiles and clothing from the University of California at Davis. In addition, she attended the Stanford Intel Accelerator Program. She is an active member of several Intel organizations focused on both women and Latino advancements, including Intel’s Hispanic Leadership Council and Pay It Forward Program. As part of contributing to the community, she is focused on building the next generation of female leaders.


Aimeelene Gaspar - Co-Founder at LionX

Aimeelene Gaspar, a product management leader in FinTech is embarking on a journey to fulfill her dreams of starting a company. Born of Filipino immigrants she learned the valuable lessons about keeping your identity safe. Aimeelene currently serves as CEO and CoFounder of LionX whose mission is to create a safe and transparent way for businesses, their partners and customers to share personal information.

She has been a product management leader with a career focused on leveraging technology to help people manage their finances delivering these solutions to large Financial Institutions reaching millions. She and her teams have designed sophisticated Enterprise and B2C financial services solutions in investment management, retail banking and mortgage.  Her focus on the user experience and understanding of the entire product lifecycle has resulted in significant revenue growth and customer retention at top FinTech companies such as Broadridge, Yodlee and Sindeo.


Karin H. Bauer, Ph.D. – Program Manager, Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative & EGAL Advisory Council

Karin is the program manager for the Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative, where she oversees a 5-year, multi-million-dollar partnership with Ripple to advance academic research and student engagement, technical development and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments.  In June 2018 Berkeley Haas became a founding member of the Ripple University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI), a network that has since expanded to 29 prestigious universities worldwide. In her role, Karin works closely with the directors of the Institute for Business and Social Impact and the faculty research committee of the Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative to allocate research funds, set strategy and coordinate all aspects of programming to advance the Ripple partnership.  She engages with a broad range of campus stakeholders in the blockchain space including diverse faculty, departments and schools across UC Berkeley.

Karin previously spent twenty years in marketing and international business development roles with leading technology companies including eBay, Oracle, Broderbund, and GMFanuc Robotics.  In 2016 she earned a doctorate in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Asian Comparative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her dissertation research examined Interconnectedness in Vedic and Buddhist Thought and Implications for Stakeholder Theory.  Karin holds an MBA from Berkeley Haas, and a BA in International Relations from Pomona College.   She serves on the Founding Advisory Council of the Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender and Leadership (EGAL).  She resides in San Francisco with her collie Geordie and four rambunctious felines: Elsa, Sterling, Willie, and Francis.


Donna J Wright - Sr. Manager, Military & Diversity Sourcing, T-Mobile

With over 20 years of Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, and Diversity & Inclusion experience, Donna is passionate about the candidate experience and builds world class solutions that ensure diverse populations are represented in all levels of corporate structures. With strategic focus areas of women in leadership, women in technology, military, LGBTQ, individuals with disabilities, and multicultural communities Donna and her team work diligently to remove barriers to employment, and ensure the long term success of diverse candidates post-hire.


Ann Harrison - Dean Berkeley Haas

Ann Harrison is our new dean of Berkeley Haas. She started on January 1, 2019. Harrison is a renowned economist and one of the most highly-cited scholars globally on foreign investment and multinational firms. Harrison has deep Berkeley roots. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley with a double major in economics and history in 1982. She also served as a professor of Berkeley’s Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics from 2001 to 2011.

Prior to coming to Haas, Harrison was a professor at the Wharton School. Before Wharton, she served as Director of Development Policy at the World Bank, where she co-managed a team of 300 researchers and staff and reformed the World Bank’s process for allocating research funds.
She is the editor of three books and was awarded the prestigious Sun Yefang Prize by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The prize, given every two years, is considered one of China’s most important honors in economics.

Caroline Winnett - Executive Director, Berkeley SkyDeck

Caroline is Executive Director of Berkeley SkyDeck, UC Berkeley's flagship startup accelerator. At SkyDeck she leads a program that hosts over 200 companies per year. She recently launched the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund, a VC fund investing in SkyDeck startups that donates half of fund profits back to UC Berkeley.

Prior to Berkeley SkyDeck, Caroline was a serial entrepreneur. Caroline co-founded the pioneer company in the neuromarketing industry, NeuroFocus, which was acquired by Nielsen in 2011. Before her career in startups, Caroline was a professional concert violinist. Caroline is a recognized speaker on startups, accelerators, and consumer neuroscience. She is an angel investor and is an Advisor and Board member for several startups in mobile, IoT, internet, and travel.

Caroline received her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Her undergraduate studies were at Brown University and she earned her Violin Performance degree at the Indiana University School of Music. In her spare time she likes to read books on startups, play the violin, do the occasional Ironman triathlon, ski as fast as possible without crashing, and scuba dive.

2019 Sponsors

Collaborative Partner

EGAL banner.JPG




Michael and Teresa Olson



Group 2.JPG


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


2019 Co-Chairs


Jordan Baxter & Kate Hancock
Mila Pires & Marion Orard
Sandra Tamer
Kathy Valentino Amado & Erin Casale