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  • 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.


    The CLUB also awarded two other CLUBbies to members who exemplified CLUB values.

    Adimika Arthur for ”Build” (for creating the CLUB’s Shine Retreat) and  Marla Kowalski Knapp for “Connect” (for always knowing of opportunities to connect to women)

    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.

  • 03/12/2019 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are delighted to announce that The CLUB has a new partnership with Alley powered by Verizon. Alley is a coworking space built to help people revolutionize their work, build meaningful connections, engage, and collaborate with the next generation of leaders and creators. 

    Alley’s downtown Palo Alto location will be our location host for the Incubator program and local Mentoring Circles (if desired). In addition, Alley invites us to use their space a couple of times a month for events to gather and share expert insights on topics of interest to the broader community. 

    Alley and Verizon also sponsor the All In Fellowship, a global fellowship program designed to cultivate opportunities and provide resources to founders who have struggled to find a seat at the table (due to their gender, socio-economic background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.) The fellowship includes enrichment programming and access to a mentor network curated to provide growth opportunities and address specific challenges that the participants face.

  • 04/02/2018 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The CLUB Silicon Valley is excited to announce that five of the CLUB's members have been named 2018 Silicon Valley Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The five awardees are Nolwenn Godard, Nancy Poon Lue, Sherry Hashimoto Main, Laraine McKinnon, and Mansi Shah.

    "We’re delighted to see our members recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The CLUB is a community of diverse women leaders who lend their amazing talents to an array of top Silicon Valley organizations." says Laraine McKinnon, President of the CLUB and founder of strategic consulting firm LMC17.

    Godard, Lue, Main and Shah are alumnae of the CLUB’s Incubator program, an annual advocacy program for women who have developed their expertise and want to boost both their career and personal potential. The Incubator program, founded and run by McKinnon, attracts a diverse cohort of women, as exemplified by Godard, Lue, Main and Shah who represent PayPal, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the University of California, and leading law firm Merchant & Gould.

    Nolwenn Godard, is a Director at PayPal. She has fueled PayPal’s growth with sophisticated pricing technology, and is also recognized for shaping PayPal’s culture of inclusion. When PayPal spun out of eBay to become an independent company in 2015, Nolwenn saw the unique opportunity to promote inclusion as the firm moved into its next phase of growth: she created Unity, the women’s community at PayPal, and grew it to 1,800 people globally. Nolwenn serves as Director of West Coast Operations of the Women’s Initiative Foundation, an organization that helps Bay Area women leaders and entrepreneurs scale their careers and businesses while reinforcing the French-American ties in the community.  Nolwenn is a subject matter expert on scaling products & platforms, and on creating inclusive cultures, who has been interviewed/quoted in publications such as CIO Magazine and HR.com and is a sought-after speaker on pricing in the digital age.

    Nancy Poon Lue is a dynamo at the intersection of venture and education. She blends experience with public policy in the Obama administration, non-profit engagement with Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and a venture capital background (GSV) to bring a unique perspective to the future of education. Nancy also deepens her impact in her community through extensive service on the boards of six Silicon Valley based organizations that expands opportunities for low-income students, women, and underrepresented entrepreneurs.

    Nancy is currently co-leading a collaborative effort between the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to explore new advanced education research and development programs aimed to tackle the most persistent problems in education the way DARPA did for the defense industry and GoogleX is doing in the private sector.  

    Sherry Hashimoto Main is a tireless communicator and creative force behind student success and groundbreaking research stories at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer and Assistant Vice Chancellor, Sherry is deeply committed to improving the “pipeline problem” through transforming the narrative and experience in higher education. She develops strategies to support student success, research excellence, and community partnerships through creative means – with particular focus on supporting first-generation students, underserved communities, and non-traditional college students. Sherry is a trusted advisor on issues and crisis communications.

    Sherry is currently serving on the University of California Board of Regents, where she represents more than 140,000 non-academic employee staff at the UC’s 10 campuses, five medical centers and hospitals, and three national laboratories. Her work on the UC Board of Regents includes advocacy efforts in support of career development, childcare and dependent care, and employee wellness. She also serves on the CLUB board of directors.

    Laraine McKinnon is CEO of LMC17, a consulting firm that brings a strategic mix of behavioral science, big data and practical implementation to corporate America’s hard-to-solve problems. Laraine focuses on three pillars: retirement readiness, diversity and inclusion and advocacy for underrepresented talent. She’s a former Managing Director at BlackRock and a recognized thought leader on the 401(k), a diversity and inclusion strategist for culture tech platform Emtrain, and managing director of the CLUB Incubator, a year long talent advocacy program for women leaders.

    Laraine is an Advisor to Betterment for Business, Emtrain and WomenCollegeTech, an ambassador for Innovation Women and President of The CLUB Silicon Valley.

    Mansi Shah, a founding partner at Merchant and Gould’s Silicon Valley office, is a trailblazer for women of color in the legal profession and among the technology companies she represents. Mansi is a Fellow to the American Bar Foundation, a Fellow to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and a recipient of the Cornerstone Award from South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA). In 2016, she was named Best Under 40 by NAPABA, and in 2015, made the Lawyers of Color Power List.  

    Mansi has never wavered in giving back to the community and has represented a diverse group of pro bono clients. She is a Board Member of the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto, chair of the National Advisory Council for SABA, an active leader in Lawyers for Good Government, and a Board of Trustees member for Young Jains of America.

    "These awards demonstrate not only the talent and influence of the amazing women in the CLUB, but also the impact of Laraine McKinnon’s leadership of the CLUB, and her development of a signature CLUB program, the Incubator,” says Annie Rogaski, VP & General Counsel of Avegant, founder of The CLUB and CLUB advisory board member. “When we launched the CLUB five years ago, it was precisely women like Nolwenn, Nancy, Sherry, Laraine, and Mansi that we hoped to bring into our community — women whose influence extends beyond their companies into the broader communities, inspiring other women to broaden their impact."

    Past CLUB members who have received the Women of Influence award include Anuradha Gali (Uber), Alice Katwan (Genesys), Mindy Morton (Procopio), Erin Rand (ServiceRocket), Annie Rogaski (Avegant), and Leedjia Svec (US Navy).

    About The CLUB Silicon Valley

    Founded in 2012, The CLUB is a diverse community of inspiring, professional women helping each other accelerate their leadership journeys. Our 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 provide them with critical, multi-disciplinary peer groups and mentorship opportunities that strengthen their careers and keep them at the top of their game.

  • 04/02/2018 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Club Members,

    It has been my distinct pleasure to serve as Managing Director of Membership over the last three years.

    During this time, the Club has grown to 480 current members and alumnae.

    Together we have built a solid pipeline for membership, developed a sustainable and replicable process for membership recruitment, evaluation and onboarding, created a membership Spotlight program; and launched initiatives to continuously enhance membership outreach and experience. Our efforts have resulted in increased visibility in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and greater Bay Area, and continued growth in membership.

    I would like to thank Asta Sendonaris, Heather Fugitt, Holly Hogan, Katie Prescott,  Laura Fechete, Laurie Charrington, Libby Moulton, Lisa Wong, Mary Fuller, Megan Iudice, Megan Olesek, Michelle Garrison, Pam Fulmer, and Shannon Dahl for their contributions and impact.  Their commitment has shaped the Club’s membership and positioned us for growth in the future.

    I am delighted to introduce Lamya Alaoui who will be the new Managing Director of Membership. Lamya is poised to build on our momentum. Lamya is a certified Behavioral Consultant with a 14+ years experience in Talent acquisition and Management. She designs and leads workshops to support individuals and teams achieve their goals through understanding behavioral dimensions and motivational drivers.

    You can learn more about Lamya in her Spotlight.

    To all of your continued success!

    My very best regards,

    Joselle Deocampo-Gautam

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