Alumnae Career Advancement

Upcoming Event: Transitioning to a Career in Tech
A collaboration with Hackbright Academy @ Pinterest

Event Date: Thursday, July 20
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Pinterest HQ, San Francisco
This event is sold out.

CAA and Hackbright Academy are working together to shine a light on how women can successfully and efficiently pivot to careers in technology. This panel spotlights women who have transitioned into the tech industry and offers interested Cal alumnae an opportunity to grow their networks while learning more about careers in software engineering.

Hackbright Academy is the Bay Area’s leading engineering school for women, and many of Hackbright’s alumnae are Cal graduates who have both non-engineering degrees and a passion for building code.


imageKira Makagon ’84, MBA
Executive Vice President of Innovation, RingCentral Inc.

Kira Makagon is a successful serial entrepreneur and technology-industry leader. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s computer science department as well as the Haas School of Business, Kira enjoys sharing the lessons she’s learned from being a veteran “only woman in the room.” The only child of Ukrainian Jewish immigrant parents who believed in giving her a gender-neutral start in life, Kira landed in San Francisco as a teenager.

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An avid writer and speaker, Kira is a role model for young women, encouraging them to aim for leadership roles in the technology industry. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs and currently serves as an advisor to early-stage companies including Illuminate Ventures, Yozio, Qubell, News360, 1 World Online, and Airframe, where she is also a member of the Board of Directors.

Currently Executive Vice President of Innovation at RingCentral, Kira leads product, engineering, and operations employees located across four continents. Before joining RingCentral, she co-founded several technology companies, including Octane, acquired by Epiphany, Inc.; and RedAril, acquired by Hearst. She has also participated in successful IPOs for Scopus and RingCentral. Kira currently lives in Silicon Valley and in her free time enjoys skiing, snowboarding, and taking long walks with her husband.

Meet Our Alumnae Panel

imageMeggie Mahnken ’12
Director, Software Engineering Fellowship
Hackbright Academy

Meggie is the Director of the Software Engineering Fellowship at Hackbright Academy, where women learn to code in Python, build dynamic web applications, and study computer science to start careers in tech. She started coding in Python as a hobby after graduating from Cal in 2012 with a degree in Gender and Women’s Studies. In 2013, Meggie completed Hackbright’s Fellowship and began working at Hackbright as a Software Engineer on internal tools. She now spends her days overseeing the fellowship program in pursuit of Changing the Gender Ratio in tech. When not coding or hanging out in the Hackbright classroom, Meggie enjoys taking dance classes at Bay Area dance schools.

imageChung Nguyen ’03
Software Engineer,

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in English, Chung provided customer support and engagement in tech companies around the San Francisco Bay Area over the past ten years. In her last role at UserTesting, she worked closely with UX researchers, software developers, and product managers to train them on remote usability testing. Working with tech professionals at other startups and small businesses made her fall in love with the software building process and agile development, which led her to Hackbright. Chung completed Hackbright in December 2016 and then joined in Palo Alto as a software engineer on its backend team. Aside from writing code, Chung loves making puns, petting dogs, organizing things, photographing people, and going on adventures outdoors.

imageRosy Sanchez ’13
Software Engineer, SalesforceIQ

Rosy graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Social Welfare. After graduating, she landed a role in technical support which introduced her to software engineering concepts like databases, SQL, and python scripts. This exposure encouraged her to learn more, so she began going to tech meet ups, signing up for coding classes after work, and eventually attending Hackbright. After Hackbright, Rosy started her career as a software engineer at SalesforceIQ. She has taken on various roles in her new career, beginning as an internal tools engineer and moving on to becoming a build and release engineer. On top of constantly learning and developing new techniques on the job, she still attends classes to further her learning.

imageKristyn Richter
University Recruiting, Pinterest

Kristyn leads the Pinterest Apprenticeship Program, which offers engineering opportunities to candidates from non-traditional tech backgrounds. Prior to joining Pinterest, she was on the University team at Fitbit, where she discovered her passion for developing programs that help people realize their dreams of breaking into tech. In her spare time, you can catch her running along Chrissy Field, cooking up a delicious meal, or traveling across the globe.

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Past Events

Panel: Overcoming Obstacles, Empowering Each Other, and Balancing the Rest

Event Date:Tuesday, March 28

A discussion on the unique barriers to career advancement that women face, particularly in male-dominated industries.

Meet Our Alumnae Panel

imageJenny C. Flores ’00
Jenny Flores is the Community Affairs Manager for Bank of the West and oversees the company’s Charitable Investments and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Prior to joining Bank of the West, Jenny Flores served as the Community Development Director for Citi in Northern California. Earlier in her career, Jenny served as the Executive Director of the Congress of California Seniors, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to assisting seniors and low-income families with issues of health care, affordable housing, transportation, technology and consumer protection. She also has extensive experience in strategic initiatives and legislative affairs through her position with the Greenlining Institute and her work in the California State Legislature. She has held numerous board positions with non-profits and currently serves on the Governing Boards of MyPath and EARN in San Francisco, CA and the Western Regional Board of Operation Hope based in Oakland, CA. Read the Q&A with Jenny Flores >>

imageKate Scott ’05
Kate Scott is an anchor, reporter, play-by-play announcer, and host for the Pac-12 Network, as well as a play-by-announcer and Emmy Award–winning reporter for CSN Bay Area and CSN California. In August 2016, Scott made history by becoming only the third woman—and first on the radio—to call an NFL game when she handled play-by-play duties for the 49ers’ first two preseason contests. Also, Scott was the first full-time female mic man in Cal history (2002 – 2005). Prior to joining the Pac-12 Network, Scott spent six years as the morning sports anchor at KNBR 680 AM in San Francisco, the flagship station of the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and Stanford football. Scott has also worked for the San Francisco Giants, San Jose Giants, San Jose Earthquakes, FC Gold Pride, and NBC Bay Area. Read the Q&A with Kate Scott >>

imageLisen Stromberg MBA ’91
Lisen Stromberg is an award-winning journalist, sought-after speaker, and CEO and founder of PrismWork, a culture innovation consultancy. In her book, Work PAUSE Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career, she reveals how trailblazing women have disrupted the traditional career paradigm to achieve their personal and professional goals, and provides readers with a blueprint for how they, too, can integrate kids with their career.

imageAdelmise Rosemé Warner ’97
Adelmise Warner serves as Lead Employment Counsel at Pandora Media, Inc. With 15 years of experience practicing labor and employment law, Adelmise has represented private companies and government entities. Prior to joining Pandora, Adelmise served as in-house employment counsel at Electronic Arts Inc. in Redwood City, California. Before Electronic Arts, Adelmise was a Senior Labor and Employment Associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in San Francisco during which she was seconded to Gap Inc. as an in-house employment counsel. Adelmise received her Juris Doctor Degree from Hastings College of the Law and her Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Clothilde “Cloey” Hewlett ’76, J.D. ’79

Cal Alumni Association (CAA) Executive Director Clothilde “Cloey” Hewlett received her B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley in 1976 and her J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 1979. Cloey was a partner in the national law firm Nossaman LLP and prior to that was a partner in the global law firm K&L Gates LLP. As a partner, she focused on government contracting, crisis management, major appropriations, policy analysis, and diversity. She is a specialist in public policy, was a registered state and federal lobbyist, and has served under three different governors of California. She has served as Interim Director of the State of California’s Department of General Services, Undersecretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency for the State of California, Director for Moral Character Determinations for the State Bar of California, and Special Prosecutions Investigator and Assistant District Attorney for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. Read Full Bio >>

About The Alumnae Career Advancement Series

The Alumnae Career Advancement series is a brand-new program presented by The Berkeley Network. With networking opportunities throughout the year, the series provides a space for career-driven alumnae to pursue professional development, discuss career advancement, and build relationships.