Alumnae Career Advancement

Women Who Lead: A Storytelling Salon

Presented by

Additional sponsorship provided by Lagunitas and Estée Lauder.

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: Toll Room, Alumni House


The Cal Alumni Association and the Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership proudly present this year’s Alumnae Career Advancement event, Women Who Lead: A Storytelling Salon.

Join us for an engaging conversation with notable business women as they share their personal stories, advice, and wisdom about leadership, career, and inclusion.

Meet Our Alumnae Panel

image Carolyn Cool ’82
Vice President, Bank of the West

Carolyn Cool is a proud Cal graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration. She received her MBA from Cornell in 1985. Her career has focused on product management, marketing, and business development in the credit card and finance sectors. She is currently a Vice President and Community Ambassador with Bank of the West where she is a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility team. This year, she is on assignment at Working Solutions, a non-profit that provides affordable microloans and business consulting to underserved entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

image Komal Shah, MBA ’97
Investor, Tech Executive, Philanthropist

Komal Shah was an early female pioneer in Silicon Valley tech, and is now focused on supporting the arts and empowering women as a philanthropist, an angel investor in startups, and an avid art collector.

In her tech life, she was most recently the VP of Products at Qlue Inc., an AI driven customer platform until its acquisition by ServiceNow. Earlier, Komal ran product management at Yahoo for their membership, security, vertical search and hadoop services. Prior to that, she has had a variety of product management and engineering roles at Netscape, Broadband Office and Oracle. Komal now focuses on angel investing, visual arts, and women empowerment. She is a trustee of SFMOMA, Tate Americas, and EGAL at Haas Berkeley, and also serves on the advisory board of Stanford Arts and Feminist Majority. She was ranked as a “Top 200” global collector by ArtNews Magazine. She has also lectured at Stanford Engineering on “Being Fearless” and at art fairs on her collection.

Komal has an MBA from Haas Berkeley (1997) and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford (1993).

image Laura Teclemariam MBA ’18
Lead Product Manager, Electronic Arts

Laura Wright Teclemariam is a lead product manager with over a decade of hands-on experience in the product and development field. Currently, she works for Electronic Arts (EA), one of the world’s largest game publishers recognized for critically acclaimed franchises such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, and more. Prior to EA, Teclemariam led the developer tools efforts for tech startup Tapjoy. She also ran her own business for seven years, specializing in advertising and marketing. Teclemariam has also held consultant and management positions in numerous Forbes Top 100 Companies, including Deloitte Consulting and Microsoft Corporation.

She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Irvine. She is in the process of acquiring an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a master’s in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. Teclemariam is a Northern California native and lives in the East Bay with her three daughters and husband.


image Kellie A. McElhaney, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

 Dr. Kellie McElhaney is a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at UC Berkeley. In 2003, Kellie founded the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business, solidifying corporate responsibility as a core competency and competitive advantage of the school. She received the Founder and Visionary Award at Haas in 2013 for this work.

Dr. McElhaney wrote a book entitled Just Good Business: The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand. She writes case studies of companies who are investing in women (Wal-Mart, E&Y, Gap, Inc.), and does research in the area of equal, pay, unconscious bias, and value-creation linkages between financial and sustainability returns when women are in leadership. Her Gap, Inc. Equal Pay case won the California Management Review Case of the Year in 2017.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Additional panelists to be announced.
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The Alumnae Career Advancement series is 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.

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Past Events

Panel: Women in Government and Public Service

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Location: Alumni House

The Alumnae Career Advancement series continues! Our third event focuses on women in government and public service. We’re spotlighting Cal women who have made strides in these fields, and offering Cal alumnae who are interested in advancing within these fields an opportunity to grow their networks and learn from their peers.

Meet Our Alumnae Panel

image Betty Yee ’79
Controller, State of California

State Controller Betty T. Yee was elected in November 2014, following two terms of service on the California Board of Equalization. Now serving as the state’s chief fiscal officer, Ms. Yee also chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) Boards. Ms. Yee serves on dozens of boards and commissions, ranging from land management to crime victim compensation. Ms. Yee has over 30 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance and tax policy. Ms. Yee previously served as Chief Deputy Director for Budget with the California Department of Finance where she led the development of the Governor’s Budget, negotiations with the Legislature and key budget stakeholders. She also cofounded the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which exposes California high school youth to the public service, public policy, and political arenas.

image Sandra Bass M.A. ’91, Ph.D. ’98
Director, UC Berkeley Public Service Center

Sandra Bass is the director of UC Berkeley’s Public Service Center. At UC Berkeley, Ms. Bass’s doctoral research explored police behavior, community organizing, and the dynamics between police and communities of color in Oakland and Seattle. Upon completing her program, she was appointed as assistant professor of criminology and political science at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she integrated service learning into both her undergraduate and graduate courses. In 2002, Ms. Bass joined the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and in 2010 she was selected to lead the Foundation’s girls’ education, women’s leadership, and reproductive health program in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Bass left the Foundation to work for the Obama campaign in the battleground states of Nevada and Colorado, and was later appointed executive director of Teach With Africa.

image Tilly Chang ’92
Executive Director, San Francisco County Transportation Authority

Tilly Chang serves as the executive director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, which collaborates with public agencies and the private sector to improve transportation options for residents, commuters and visitors alike. On top of being the Congestion Management Agency and transportation sales tax administrator for San Francisco, Ms. Chang has two decades of experience, including serving previously as the SFCTA’s Deputy Director for Planning. She has also held posts with the World Bank, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and a technology startup. Ms. Chang attended M.I.T. and UC Berkeley and serves on the boards of the California Transportation Foundation, SPUR, and UC CONNECT.

image Erin Gore
Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo & Company
National Manager, Education & Nonprofit Banking
Government & Institutional Banking

Erin S. Gore is an executive vice president and national head of the Education & Nonprofit Banking (ENB) segment of Wells Fargo Government & Institutional Banking (GIB). Ms. Gore drives strategy for the teams working with the largest universities and nonprofits nationally. Before joining Wells Fargo in 2013, Ms. Gore served as UC Berkeley’s chief financial officer. Ms. Gore has been recognized with a number of leadership awards. Most recently, the San Francisco Business Times has added her to the “Forever Influential Honor Roll Exceptional Women Leaders” in 2017. She began her career with the New York City Council Finance Division in 1996 as a budget analyst, and then spent four years with Moody’s Investor Services as a public finance analyst and committee member. Ms. Gore joined the former Banc of America Securities in 2001, rising to co-head and managing director of its public finance education and nonprofit team.


image Moderator
Clothilde “Cloey” Hewlett ’76, J.D. ’79
Executive Director, CAA

 Cal Alumni Association 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. Ms. Hewlett 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 >>

Transitioning to a Career in Tech: A collaboration with Hackbright Academy

Event Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017

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.


image Kira 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.

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

image Meggie 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.

image Chung 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.

image Rosy 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.

image Kristyn 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.

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

Event Date:Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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

Meet Our Alumnae Panel

image Jenny 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 >>

image Kate Scott ’05
Kate Scott is an anchor, reporter, play-by-play announcer, and host for 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 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 >>

image Lisen 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.

image Adelmise 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.

image Moderator
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 >>