Registration and Breakfast
Charney Hall Room 101
Charney Hall Room 102-103
Breakout Session 1
Charney Hall Rooms 201, 202, 205, 206, and 207
*see schedule below
Charney Hall Room 102-103
Charney Hall Room 102-103
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Natasha is a technology manager and community organizer who is running for State Assembly in District 25, covering Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, San Jose and Santa Clara. A Bay Area native, she is a daughter of immigrants who built a successful career in the cybersecurity industry for six years. While not from politics, she was always civically engaged and started as a volunteer for Obama’s 2008 campaign. More recently, she was the founder of the largest independent organizations for Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, Silicon Valley for Pete. The turning point in her decision to run was seeing how the Gilroy Shooting affected her community and their frustration at a lack of engagement from local representatives on the issue of gun violence and hate speech. Running a 100% grassroots campaign, she hopes to purge corruption in government and bring the people’s voice of District 25 to Sacramento.
As an attorney and businesswoman, Holly Levow started her career in Silicon Valley high-technology start-up companies performing contract law, business development, human resources, and marketing. Today, Holly is focused on creating social impact through her two social enterprises, Equitas Entertainment Partners, and Foundation (Fashion + Philanthropy). Equitas Entertainment Partners is a production company creating films in a socially responsible, intentional, and equitable way, including a mandate to provide gender pay equity. Foundation is a women’s retail boutique in Portland, Oregon, donating 100% of profits back into community nonprofit organizations. In addition, Holly is an active Partner with Social Venture Partners Portland (SVP), an engaged venture philanthropy organization focused on strengthening Portland nonprofits that are serving our most vulnerable youth. Holly also serves on the board of directors of Consano, a nonprofit, crowd-funded, medical research platform and the advisory boards of The Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University and Five One Labs, a start-up incubator that helps refugees and conflict-affected entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses in the Middle East. Holly holds a BS in Mathematics, and a JD/MBA with an emphasis on High Technology and Intellectual Property Law from Santa Clara University.
Iris Fujiura is a Managing Director for Golden Seeds, an Angel Investing group focused on women-led companies. As Chapter lead in the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area, she heads the leadership team supporting women entrepreneurs by sourcing and selection of deals for investment, syndication with the national investors in Golden Seeds, partnering with the local investment ecosystem, and providing mentorship and support to female entrepreneurs.
Fujiura has a BS in Engineering from Washington State University and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Fellows program. As Chair of the WSU Harold Frank Advisory Board she mentors students and coordinates support for this entrepreneurship program.
Fujiura retired after 33 years working in space launch vehicles and spacecraft. As an executive at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, she was a committed supporter of Diversity and Inclusion, and a mentor and coach to employees through-out the company. She has been recognized multiple times by STEM and industry organizations for her leadership. As Program VP, she led a team to deliver a significant Military Space Communications system, the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), garnering recognition by industry in the form of the Aviation Week Program Performance Award.
Susan Cero MD completed her orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Washington after graduating from medical school at Drexel. She was the only woman in her residency program. She specialized in hip and knee replacements and Sports Medicine. She is the past President and Chairman of the Board of Proliance Surgeons Inc., a surgical specialty group with 172 surgeons. In that role, she initiated and oversaw the development and operations of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, MRI Centers, planned and developed an orthopedic Urgent Care Center. She is a past trustee of the Washington State Medical Association. Her favorite role is “Sophia’s mom” She has a deep understanding of the hurdles and joys of being in a career that is predominantly comprised of men.
Danielle Fuentes Morgan is an assistant professor of English at Santa Clara University, where she specializes in African American literature and culture, with a particular focus on satire and comedy. Her writing has been published in a number of print and electronic venues, including Al Jazeera, Racialicious, in Humanities, Pre/Text, Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity After Civil Rights, and Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and her book, Laughing to Keep from Dying: African American Satire in the Twenty-First Century, is forthcoming October 2020 with University of Illinois Press. She hails from Durham, North Carolina.
Breakout Session Schedule
"Can you make the cut?"
A discussion on Susan Cero's career as an Orthopedic Surgeon and the importance of making inroads into male-dominated professions.
Location: Charney Hall 201
"So, You Want To Run for Office?"
Are you ready to channel advocacy into action? Do you feel public service is your calling? Despite widespread discontent with our political system, hundreds across the country have filed as first-time candidates for office. In this talk, Natasha shares the three questions to ask yourself before running for office, and what she has learned from her political run.
Location: Charney Hall 202
"Failing to Succeed"
A talk about Iris Fujiura's career as a woman in Aerospace, her failures and successes and how set-backs are a normal and necessary part of achieving your full potential.
Location: Charney Hall 205
"Women and Comedy: Finding Your Voice"
This session is an interactive discussion on women and comedy. Participants will talk about female comedians, the risks and rewards for women in comedy, and how this relates to women's positions in society more broadly.
Location: Charney Hall 206
"The Art of Reinvention: Changing Career Paths to Align With Your Developing Self"
Holly will be talking about her own non-linear career path and multiple re-inventions which led her to where she is today. The focus will be on listening to your authentic self to follow a path of fulfillment and to not be afraid to change course when opportunities arise that will lead you closer to living a life on purpose.
Location: Charney Hall 207
Paula Schneider is president and CEO of Susan G. Komen®, responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operation of Komen’s research, community health, public policy advocacy and global programs.
Schneider brings a personal perspective to Komen’s mission as a breast cancer survivor whose mother died of metastatic breast cancer. “I know from personal experience the devastation of breast cancer, and the power and impact of the Komen mission to end it,” she said. “I am determined to do all that I can to build on this iconic organization’s mission to end breast cancer, for everyone and forever.”
Schneider is widely regarded as an expert in organization management and finance, serving as president and CEO of American Apparel and Delta Galil Premium Brands and as president at Warnaco Swimwear Group. She served in strategic advisory roles at the private equity firm, The Gores Group. A featured speaker at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in 2016, Schneider also was named one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s 500 Most Influential People for 2016 and garnered the National Association of Women’s Business Owners Inspiration Award in 2010.
As Komen’s president and CEO, Schneider is responsible for the world’s largest breast cancer research portfolio (almost $1 billion in funding to date), and a network of more than 80 Komen Affiliates serving millions of women and men in the United States and globally.
Molly Bloom is an inspirational keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of Molly’s Game. She is best known for her memoir, Molly’s Game, which was adapted into an award-winning film by Aaron Sorkin. Bloom’s memoir chronicles her journey from college student to LA waitress to building and operating the largest and most notorious private poker game in the world. Her games featured hundreds of millions of dollars and players like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, A-Rod, and Ben Affleck.
Bloom began her career as a world-class skier. While training as a pre-teen she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and had to undergo surgery that the doctors said would end her athletic career. A year later, fully recovered, she was back on the slopes. She later joined the U.S. Ski Team and at 21 years old was ranked No. 3 in North America in moguls, but her Olympic dreams would go unrealized as she left the team to pursue other projects.
Bloom was finishing her degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado – Boulder, and was in the process of applying to top tier Law Schools, when her assistant job turned her into an accidental entrepreneur, running one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world, pulling in as much as $4 million per year. What happened next is where her story truly begins.
Bloom has appeared on numerous shows and in media outlets such as Ellen, Vice, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Vulture, and has been asked to speak at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women.
Directions to Event
Our event will be hosted at Santa Clara University's Law School: Charney Hall
Free parking is available in the on campus parking garage
After parked, you will walk to the law school for the event
Follow posted signs for further direction
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