Executive Women Discuss Leadership and Career Advancement at the Inaugural Women in Leadership Symposiums in California

The California Diversity Council hosted their annual Women in Leadership Symposium Series on May 15th in Los Angeles and May 17th in San Francisco/Bay Area. The symposium series featured powerful, executive, women who addressed topics on leadership and career advancement in an effort to educate, inspire, and encourage attendees to reflect on their own goals and status as they strive to advance within their own organizations. The theme of this year's symposium was "Purpose, Passion, and Performance - A New Era." "Sometimes people forget that, as far as women have come in the last century, there is an excess of barriers that still need to be breached. Our symposium series uncovers the skills that business women need to do so," said Dennis Kennedy, Founder & CEO of National Diversity Council. The event opened with a period where the attendees could network with each other, allowing some of California's business elite to make invaluable cross-industry contacts. Following the networking session, the symposium itself began. For the purpose of increasing opportunities for female leaders, multiple informative panel discussions were held at each event. Discussion topics included "Understanding the Environment We Lead In", "Overcoming Workforce Barriers", "Pursuing Leadership Excellence", and "How Diversity Fosters Creativity in the Workplace". Panelists and moderators at each event were an accomplished group of women committed to the professional success of women. The panelists' career fields varied from software and computer companies to independent industry and banks. One of the attendees from the Los Angeles event recalled, "The program was fantastic, great topics and speakers." An attendee from the San Francisco/Bay area stated, "This was a great event...most of the content was really valuable, applicable, and useful...and I'm a male." The California Diversity Council would like to thank the sponsors of the events, along with all of the panelists, for helping to make the Women in Leadership Symposiums a rousing success.

Featured Panelists of the Women In Leadership Symposium
San Francisco/Bay Area Los Angeles
Margaret Tough Partner Latham & Watkins LLP Monica Boulden Executive Vice President, Consumer and Multicultural Marketing Edelman
Marie Tahir Vice President of Design eBay Ariva Martin, Esq Managing Parnter Martin & Martin, LLC
Mary Walter Senior Vice President Ross Stores, Inc. Abby S. Areinoff Anna's Linen
Rajani Ramanathan Senior Vice President Salesforce.com Maria Wald Sr. Director, West Region Sales - Communication Sector Microsoft Corporation
Julianna Hynes, PhD Leadership Development Strategist and Educator Julianna Hynes & Associates Denita Willoughby CEO The Wiki Group
Kate Renwick-Espinosa Chief Marketing Officer VSP Global Patty Covarrubias Vice President and Regional BusinessDevelopment Manager Bank of West
Gail Evans Vice President & General Manager Hewlett-Packard Company

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