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  • 06/11/2020 8:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The CLUB Bay Area Women’s Leadership Organization Announces 4 New Board Members! Svetlana Kamyshanskaya, Julia Andrianova-Figg, Galina Livitina, Manju Abraham
  • 05/25/2020 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Palo Alto—Women’s leadership non-profit The CLUB is delighted to announce that four alumnae of the CLUB’s Incubator Program have been named 2020 Silicon Valley Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The four awardees are Colleen Crangle, Olga Mack, Marla Sofer and Aila Malik.

    "We’re delighted to see these dynamic women recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. In this group we have an AI pioneer, a CEO, a FinTech executive, and a non-profit strategist, each of whom is shaping the future." says Laraine McKinnon, President of the CLUB and founder of strategic consulting firm LMC17.

    The CLUB’s Incubator program is an annual advocacy program for women leaders. Founded and run by McKinnon, the Incubator helps diverse cohorts of talented women crystallize, showcase, and be recognized for their expertise.

    Colleen Crangle has forged a path of distinction in both her professional life and her community involvement. An immigrant twice over, she moved to the US first as a child of Irish nationality and then as a young adult from South Africa to enroll in a Ph.D. program at Stanford University. Collen is a pioneer in Artificial Intelligence who, through joint undertakings with professionals in public health and medicine, genetics and neuroscience, adult literacy and bioinformatics, has helped move AI into the mainstream. Colleen is co-founder and owner of Converspeech LLC, the lead author on ‘Language and Learning for Robots’, CSLI Press, Stanford University, Associate Professor in Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville, a NIH award winner, and co-founder of an independent small publisher, Faultine Press. Her volunteer efforts support criminal justice reform, the unhoused, and LGBTQ+ youth.

    Olga Mack is a powerhouse CEO, lawyer and advocate. She is currently the CEO and Chairwoman of Parley Pro, a contract automation startup and previously served as VP of Strategy for Quantstamp. Olga is also the Founder of the Women Serve on Boards movement, where she single-handedly launched full-fledged social media campaigns targeting specific companies to place a woman on their board. She is the author of “Get On Board: Earning Your Ticket To A Corporate Board Seat.” Olga is a contributing writer to Bloomberg, Newsweek and writes columns for the Association of Corporate Counsel and Above the Law  Through which she frequently showcases other members of the legal profession for their unique talents and contributions.

    Aila Malik is a standout leader in the non-profit ecosystem of the Bay Area, inspiring mission-driven organizations to fulfill promises on their impact. As Founder and Principal of Venture Leadership Consulting, she is a strategic advisor to non-profits and occasionally serves as an interim executive to help non-profit organizations to deepen impact, drive performance, and scale solutions. Aila has served as Advisor, Board member or Commissioner on twelve Bay Area non-profit boards, from Mountain View to Santa Clara to San Quentin. Aila lives with intention as a compassionate advocate of community kindness, planet protection, and family togetherness. She is deeply committed to contributing to a world in which disparity does not limit people’s access to opportunity.  

    Marla Sofer, Marla is VP of Strategic Partnerships at Jemstep, by Invesco. Throughout her career, she has been a proponent and driver of innovation across the traditional financial services ecosystem. She led major relationships while at JP Morgan and BlackRock and dove head-first into FinTech in 2015 to improve the customer experience. Marla bridges FinTech with traditional financial services companies, simplifying technological integration. She’s also an ardent believer in the value of non-linear career pathing. She has launched two women’s leadership networks, and has supported countless mentees with job transitions. Marla has also served on the executive board of a high profile community relations non-profit focused on social justice, and chaired her synagogue’s youth education committee. Her unique and impactful leadership style stems from her background studying Middle East peace and conflict resolution.

    Past CLUB Incubator members who have received the Women of Influence award include Joselle Deocampo (LinkedIn), Anuradha Gali (Uber), Nolwenn Godard (PayPal), Heather Jerrehian (startup executive)  Alice Katwan (Salesforce), Nancy Poon Lue (Advanced Education Research & Development Fund), Sherry Main (UC Irvine, UC Board of Regents), Mindy Morton (Procopio), Mansi Shah (Kilpatrick Townsend), and Leedjia Svec (US Navy), as well as founder Laraine McKinnon (LMC17).

    More information about the 2020 Women of Influence can be found in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.​​​

    About The CLUB Silicon Valley

    Founded in 2012, The CLUB is a diverse community of inspiring, professional helping women accelerate their leadership journeys. Our Bay Area based community is hundreds strong and made of professionals who are leaders in their industries–tech, finance, engineering, marketing, legal, rocket science and beyond. We connect women with one another in order to build critical, multi-disciplinary peer groups and mentorship opportunities that strengthen their careers and keep them at the top of their game. www.theclubsv.org
  • 12/09/2019 3:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two more CLUBbie awards were presented at an event for alumnae of the CLUB’s Incubator program.

    The Connect Award

    The CLUB honored Marla Kowalski Knapp, a masterful strategic connector with our “Connect” CLUBbie award. Marla is an executive with global experience and a unique mind that brings together people, ideas and resources. Pictured with Board member Tanal Basma.






    The Build Award

    Adimika Arthur is a visionary who builds for the future. We're thankful that she took time out of her passion project (transformational innovation for Medicaid) to build the CLUB's Shine Retreat. Board members Tammy Serna and Jeanel Carlson present Adimika with the CLUBbie award for "Build.”

  • 11/11/2019 4:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CLUB celebrated its 7th Anniversary with a banquet, held at the Fremont Hills Country Club on November 5, 2019. At this event, the CLUB recognized three of its members for their outstanding service:

    The Connect Award

      The CLUB awarded Susan Freeman our CLUBbie for ”Connect.” Susan is an avid supporter of women, putting many ‘on stage’ as speakers at events, including her upcoming event “Empowered Women” event on December 5th in SF. Pictured here with Board Member Catherine Cannon Francis.

    The Unite Award

      Congratulations to Kristen Guggeis, winner of the 2019 CLUBbie Award for “Unite.” As a top enterprise client relationship executive, Kristen has incredible skills - we thank her for pouring them into our CLUB mentoring circles. Here Board member Lamya Alaoui thanks Kristen for her efforts!

    The Lead Award

      Cheers to Melissa Mahoney winner of our 2019 CLUBbie award for “Lead.” She’s a thought leader in small business and soloprenuership, a successful artist with a unique corporate approach, and a volunteer for CLUB mentoring and social events.


    These CLUBbies will be handed to the winners at an upcoming gathering of CLUB members.

  • 11/11/2019 4:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cheers to Melissa Mahoney winner of our 2019 CLUBbie award for “Lead.” She’s a thought leader in small business and soloprenuership, a successful artist with a unique corporate approach, and a volunteer for CLUB mentoring and social events.

  • 11/11/2019 4:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Kristen Guggeis, winner of the 2019 CLUBbie Award for “Unite.” As a top enterprise client relationship executive, Kristen has incredible skills - we thank her for pouring them into our CLUB mentoring circles. Here Board member Lamya Alaoui thanks Kristen for her efforts!

  • 11/11/2019 4:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CLUB awarded Susan Freeman our CLUBbie for ”Connect.” Susan is an avid supporter of women, putting many ‘on stage’ as speakers at events, including her upcoming event “Empowered Women” event on December 5th in SF. Pictured here with Board Member Catherine Cannon Francis.

  • 10/14/2019 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CLUB Annual Party Celebrates Women Leaders

    The CLUB of San Francisco Bay Area celebrates its seventh anniversary with a party to celebrate women

     

    Palo Alto—The CLUB, a San Francisco Bay Area organization focused on accelerating women’s careers, announced their “Celebration of Women” party scheduled for November 5, 2019 at the Fremont Hills Country Club. CLUB President, Laraine McKinnon, said, “Every year we pause to celebrate our accomplishments, refresh our aspirations, and gain inspiration. Our events are open and inclusive and we welcome guests to join us. The event is a great way to plug into a supportive and friendly community focused on helping women in the Bay Area reach their career goals.”


    The highlight of the event will be a Fireside Chat with three exceptional women who research and improve women’s roles and reputation in the workplace.

    • Julie Des Jardins, Ph.D., Author, Editor, Scholar, and Cultural Analyst focusing on women and gender in American culture. Julie’s books include: Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity, The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science and Women and the Historical Enterprise in America: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Memory.

    • Susan Freeman, M.A., CEO at Freeman Means Business. Susan is a super-connector and communication expert who helps women in business communicate effectively with the world -- and men communicate effectively with women in business. 

    • Jennie Giron, MBA, MEd, Senior Consultant at Riva Negotiations. Jennie is a scholar and consultant focused on researching and teaching women negotiation skills. 

    The discussion will be moderated by Tanal Basma, an HR diversity business partner at Epic Environmental Inc. 

    The event takes place at the beautiful Fremont Hills Country Club starting at 6 pm with a champagne reception and fun networking icebreaker. The evening includes a formal dinner with remarks by The CLUB President Laraine McKinnon and Board Members Sherry Hashimoto Main, Jeanel Carlson, Lamya Alaoui, Catherine Cannon Francis, and Tanal Basma, followed by a dessert buffet.

    To recognize and celebrate women, the event also our annual CLUBbie Awards – recognizing women in our community who Connect, Lead, Unite and Build to create a strong ecosystem for women’s success. 

    Register today! CLUB members and guests are encouraged to register before October 23 as registration will close on Thursday, October 24th at 5 PM PDT.

     

    About The CLUB

    The CLUB is a leadership incubator for San Francisco Bay Area women who want to accelerate their careers. The name is an acronym for Connect, Lead, Unite, and Build. Collectively we grow talent through high-impact programs, networking, and support. We’re an inclusive organization and we invite anyone interested in supporting women through the leadership pipeline to join our membership:  https://theclubsv.org/join.
  • 09/03/2019 6:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In recognition of YOU, we'd love your feedback! As you know, the CLUB is a unique community supporting the professional growth of women. Each and every one of you make the CLUB successful. Help us learn about what's working (or not) by taking this short 10-minute survey. Your input will help us shape the future of the CLUB with the goal of making your membership a valuable experience for years to come. Making the CLUB better for YOU!

    Survey is open until 9/12/19.

    Take the Survey

  • 08/01/2019 12:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CLUB Bay Area Women’s Organization Announces New Board Members

    The CLUB of San Francisco Bay Area appoints new Board members to accelerate members’ leadership journeys 

    Palo Alto—The CLUB, a San Francisco Bay Area organization focused on supporting women in their careers, announced new Board members for the 2019-2020 term. CLUB President, Laraine McKinnon, said, “We’re bringing on four people passionate about the CLUB’s mission to create a diverse community of inspiring professionals helping women to accelerate their leadership journeys.”

    New Board members include:

    Lamya Alaoui, Tanal Basma, Catherine Cannon-Francis, and Jeanel Carlson.


    Lamya Alaoui. Lamya leads Membership for the CLUB, reaching out across the CLUB’s collective network to welcome and onboard new members. She is a certified behavioral consultant, and founder and CEO of CoachMya, a management consulting firm.

    Tanal Basma. Tanal brings her experience as a talent and diversity advocate to the CLUB’s Board and membership. She is a senior Human Resources operations manager and business partner at EEC, Inc. Tanal will be Board liaison for the CLUB’s mentoring efforts, including Mentoring Circles. 

    Catherine Cannon-Francis. Catherine runs the social portion of the CLUB’s calendar, designing events where CLUB members can relax and socialize. A former teacher, Catherine is now part of one of the country’s largest financial services firms and helps clients with financial planning. For the CLUB, Catherine will take on the role of leading our Community, ensuring CLUB members have great opportunities to connect and unite in person and online.  

    Jeanel Carlson. Jeanel has been a CLUB member since 2017 and she loves the connections with fabulous like-minded women at the CLUB’s events. Jeanel is director of strategic relationships at Decker Communications, a company that helps clients transform communications to drive growth, engage teams and inspire audiences. Jeanel will be Board liaison for all of the CLUB’s marketing efforts.

    About The CLUB

    The CLUB is a leadership incubator for San Francisco Bay Area women who want to accelerate their careers. The name is an acronym for Connect, Lead, Unite, and Build. Collectively we grow talent through high-impact programs, networking and support. We’re an inclusive organization and we invite anyone interested in supporting women through the leadership pipeline to join our membership:  https://theclubsv.org/join.

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