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CIT Session III Wraps in San Francisco

Tuesday, August 13, 2019  
Posted by: Leadership California

The “City by the Bay” was the setting for the CIT- Session III program. At the crossroads of tech and business, local and global, San Francisco provided an ideal backdrop for the 2019 CIT Class to explore the opportunities and challenges facing California and women leaders around the theme: “California’s Global Economy.” Class members also had a chance to delve deeper into their own personal leadership credo and build upon the lessons learned thus far. 

The first day launched developing personal leadership credos and leadership priorities led by Dr. Janice Thompson (‘97). A critical part of the CIT program is the opportunity to connect with diverse women leaders who provide insight and feedback to help participants refine their own philosophy and approach to leadership. 

The highlight of the first day though was the “Women in Tech” panel. The women shared their experiences and insight on what it’s like to work in a traditionally male dominated field and how women leaders are changing this dynamic industry (see separate story).

Day two started with a glimpse of the future with Dr. Mary O’Hara-Devereaux, Founder & President of Global-Foresight, LLC. Dr. O’Hara-Devereaux, a futurist, briefed the Class on trends and data across the California and global economy and opportunities for women to lead if they are prepared. She says, “The future is NOW and it won’t resemble the past. Women need to think like there is no box and prepare for opportunity to lead.” 

Ensuring that women leaders are positioning themselves for opportunities, the Class was schooled on building a mega personal brand on the LinkedIn platform by Michaela Alexis, a recognized LinkedIn expert. 

The day capped off with an insightful panel of male leaders speaking on engagement with women in the “Me Too” era. The conversation focused on the culture shift underway and what still needs to be done to move more women to top positions in companies. There was consensus among the panelists that the need for greater diversity and inclusion has been acknowledged but more progress must be made. Greg Terk, General Manager, Digital Transformation with Chevron said, “Identifying both mentors and sponsors is essential for women leaders to expand their networks and opportunities.” Leadership California Past President Diana Reyes, (’09), Manager, Change Management and Communications for Chevron, facilitated the panel and was joined by Dinyar Mistry, Senior VP and Chief Diversity Officer, Pacific Gas & Electric Company; Greg Ruppert, Senior Vice President and Chief of Financial Crimes Risk Management, Charles Schwab & Co, Inc.; Gregory Terk, General Manager, Digital Transformation, Corporate Affairs Chevron Corporation; and Paul Silverglate, Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

Perry Wong, Managing Director of Research at the Milken Institute, shared insight into what’s fueling our economy and larger global trends and the fact that global trade is critical to global relations. Finally, Lydia Beebe, a public and private board director, corporate governance advisor, and former Chevron executive and Wendy Beecham, Senior Partner, Korn Ferry Leadership & Talent Consulting Practice, helped demystify the process of getting on corporate boards. Beebe said, “Women leaders must be undaunted and have to ask for the positions they want.”

The final installment at Session III focused on “Housing and Homelessness in San Francisco.”  Dealing with the challenges around homelessness in California cities has been carried through all three of the CIT Sessions so far this year. CIT alumnae Leigh Lutenski (’18), Project Manager for the City and County of San Francisco led a panel discussion with Vallie Brown, Supervisor for the County of San Francisco; Tomiquia Moss with Hamilton Families and Kate Hartley, Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. The cost of housing in San Francisco is among the highest in the country and contributes to the homelessness issue. Vallie said,  “We see families, seniors and individuals of color dealing with homelessness. There is an ever-widening wealth gap that is contributing to the problem.”  Affordable housing in the city affects those employed in the service industry to those earning six figure incomes. The panel agreed that there are many layers to the issue of homelessness and affordable housing and that a holistic approach is what is needed.

Mary O’Hara- Devereaux, Founder & President, Global-Foresight, LLC 
Michaela Alexis,
Engaging Male Leaders in the “Me Too” Era panel
Getting on Corporate & Non-Profit Boards
 Housing and Homelessness in San Francisco Panel


Lydia I. Beebe Wendy Beecham