How to build corporate cultures that empower and attract talented women
- Wharton San Francisco 2 Harrison Street San Francisco, CA, 94105 United States (map)
While women compose 46.8% of the total labor force, they currently hold only 4.6% (23) of CEO positions and 19.2% of corporate board seats at S&P 500 companies, and 19.4 % of seats in US Congress. This imbalance of representation, and according to the Financial Times, male-dominated work place culture, is alienating talented women. How can companies create corporate cultures that attract top talented women? Learn practical advice and techniques for how women leaders and entrepreneurs can overcome the challenges they encounter when working in male-dominated teams and cultures.
Who should attend:
- Women entrepreneurs, investors, and advisors
- Directors of Human Resources
- Men and women in leadership roles interested in creating a culture that maximizes performance by empowering gender equality
- Women interested in learning skills on how to navigate cultures, teams, and meetings where they feel their voice is not heard, or they are being interrupted or ignored in meetings.
- Women working in male dominated cultures interested in learning skills how to overcome these challenges or interested in becoming an agent for change.
- Leaders interested in redesigning work place culture or companies struggling with shaping their work place culture
- Men interested in collaborating with women to challenge and change typically masculine behavior and male dominated culture so all employees are respected and given space to perform.
Miriam Rivera is CoFounder and Managing Director of Ulu Ventures, a top decile performing seed stage venture fund focused on information technology startups that make the enterprise useful and relevant to current and future employees, customers and users. Rivera is also the co-founder and former co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an "open source network" of Stanford alumni investors and entrepreneurs. Miriam has taught in the Stanford Technology Ventures Program in the School of Engineering on start-up board issues, as a mentor in entrepreneurship at the Stanford GSB, and as an advisor to the Rock Center on Corporate Governance Venture Capital Director's College. She is also a Kauffman Fellow in venture capital. As a first generation college student and scholarship recipient, Miriam graduated from Stanford University where she earned the AB, AM, and JD/MBA degrees.
Prior to Ulu Ventures, Rivera was Vice President/Deputy General Counsel at Google, which she joined in 2001 as the second attorney and where she built and led an award-winning, global legal department of 160 while Google grew from 160 to 15,000 employees and contractors. Every major deal and every dollar of revenue generated by Google from $85M to $10B used an agreement crafted or approved by Rivera during that time. Rivera has served on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School, Stanford University’s Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is currently on Stanford's Lead Council, which is charged with mentoring the next generation of leaders in the Stanford community.
Prior to joining Google, Rivera worked for Ariba as counsel, after having co-founded angel and then venture-backed Outcome Software. Previously, Rivera worked as a strategy consultant for Accenture and as an associate at the law firm of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. Rivera’s early career was in higher education administration at the University of California Santa Cruz and Stanford, in addition to stints at the Ford Foundation’s Higher Education Program and the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District.
Miriam has also served on a number of private company and other nonprofit boards and has fiduciary experience with governance issues faced by public companies. She served as Assistant Secretary to the board of Google Inc., as a member of their disclosure committee, Secretary to the board of the Google Foundation, and legal lead for Google's Sarbanes-Oxley and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act efforts.
Eric Severson is a 25-year service industry veteran known for building leading edge, evidence-based systems to manage talent and drive organizational performance. The talent innovations Eric led over 15 years at Gap Inc. include the Fortune 500's first performance management system based on mindset psychology and neuroplasticity; the largest implementation of the Results Only Work Environment in the world; the first publication of gender pay statistics by a Fortune 500 corporation; and Gap's status as the first major apparel retailer to raise its minimum wage in the U.S. to $10.00.
Coverage of the leading edge talent practices Eric and his team implemented at Gap have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and in the books Future Work, The Diversity Advantage, Pull: The Power of Magnetic Leadership, The True Happiness Recipe: How to Stop Your Job From Killing You and Create Work-Life Harmony Everyday, Why Work Sucks and What to Do About It, and Why Managing Sucks and What to Do About It.
In addition to his role as Co-CHRO of Gap Inc., during his 15 years at the company, Eric held the positions of Senior Vice President of HR & Communications for Gap Brand, Vice President of HR & Communications for Gap Inc. Outlet, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, and Director of Employee Relations. Prior to his service at Gap Inc., Eric spent 8 years in various leadership roles at Macy's, including Manager of Labor & Employee Relations, Regional HR Manager, and Home Store Group Support Manager.
Eric is also Director on the Board of the Felton Institute, San Francisco’s oldest and largest non-sectarian non-profit. In his 13 years at Felton, Eric helped lead a robust people strategy that includes an annual CEO evaluation process, employee engagement survey, leadership competencies, a talent review and succession planning process, 360 degree evaluations, and management training. In 2008, Eric won the Gap Inc. Founder’s Award for his work with Felton’s breakthrough early psychosis prevention and recovery program, PREP.
In addition to his leadership at Felton Institute, Eric is a Director on the Board of Human Resources People & Strategy (HRPS), the executive arm of the Society of Human Resources Management. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for Brighter (www.brighter.do), a multichannel communication platform designed to dramatically improve employee engagement.
Based on his track record of innovation in talent management, in 2014 Eric was appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to a 2-year term on the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE).
Eric, holds a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in English from Arizona State University.
Abby Adlerman brings more than 25 years of governance and board experience to Boardspan. She was part of the senior leadership team at Russell Reynolds Associates, the global executive search & assessment firm. Abby led the 45-person San Francisco office growing its revenues and improving margins substantially. She also ran the Asia Pacific Private Equity (PE) business, living in Singapore for two years, and before that the North America PE business.
Abby previously served as CEO of a venture-backed e-commerce business, and she spent 15 years on Wall Street advising board & C-suite clients on a range of corporate finance and M&A strategies and transactions. Abby has served on numerous boards, both corporate and non-profit. She brings significant board and CEO experience to Boardspan and her clients.
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