October 29 | 7:30 — 11Am | Accenture, Salesforce Tower
WELL is an intentional initiative confirming the SF Chamber’s commitment to representing all genders at all levels and across all industries.
This half-day event will be anchored by keynote speakers who will share their stories of leadership and how they have been bold in the workplace and beyond. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with the San Francisco business community and gain insights into how they can empower themselves and their colleagues to create a more equitable San Francisco.
$75 Members | $100 Not-Yet-Members
Vice President, State & Community Relations, Visa
Co-Founder, We Said Enough
Adama serves as President of the Board of the We Said Enough Foundation, whose mission is to eliminate bullying, harassment and assault in all its forms. In October of 2017, The Los Angeles Times published an open letter – led by Adama and signed by over 140 women – on the pervasive culture of sexual harassment, discrimination and assault in politics. As a result of these efforts in December of 2017, Time Magazine recognized Adama as a Silence Breaker and featured her on the cover of their People of the Year edition. Adama is also Vice President, State Government & Community Relations for Visa. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of San Diego and currently resides in San Francisco.
D&I and Events Lead – Senior Technical Recruiter
Regional Lead of WIN
Seema, a talent acquisition professional for more than ten years, brings her commitment to inclusion and belonging to both her professional and volunteer work. She has a demonstrated passion for helping people and teams identify both professional and personal roadblocks and unconscious biases, rewire patterns, and strengthen relationships. She is currently a recruiting leader at Anaplan, forming diversity alliances and partnerships, helping to foster a culture of belonging, and hiring diverse senior technical talent. Prior to Anaplan, she recruited technical talent with a focus on diversity and inclusion at Autodesk and the U.S. Digital Service, a start-up created by the Obama administration that hires technical talent from Silicon Valley to modernize government technology.
Julie Castro Abrams
Founder & CEO, How Women Lead
Julie strengthens organizations, boards, and small businesses, enabling them to achieve their growth goals and breakthrough results. She is an experienced CEO and director, a sought-after speaker on leadership and entrepreneurship, and widely recognized for her unique ability to connect people and facilitate rich conversations that result in real impact. Through her consulting practice, Julie creates high performance boards, high impact brands, and high production, multicultural teams. An experienced CEO, she is now a trusted advisor to dozens of executives across a multitude of sectors, partnering with and launching them towards greater impact. Julie is also the CEO and Chair of How Women Lead, a robust network of over 13,000 women dedicated to promoting diverse women’s voices and propelling women’s leadership forward. Since 2017, Julie has chaired and How Women Lead has managed the 2020 Women on Boards Bay Area effort, helping to spearhead the national effort to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards.
Founder & CEO, The Athena Alliance
Coco leads change and transformation, accelerating multimillion-dollar growth through vision, strategy, technology, and people leadership. She has held leadership roles including CEO, COO, President, board member, and advisor, partnering with F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits, delivering successful outcomes for Apple, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, Silicon Valley Bank and many others. Currently, she is the founder, CEO, and board member of The Athena Alliance a game-changing executive firm helping to position top 10% of executive women for advancement and board opportunities while also transforming the board room towards a modern composition model. Since founding Athena in the Spring of 2016, she has led the organization to a network of over 1000 C-Level women, VCs, and CEOs from over 150 companies including Accenture, Cisco, Microsoft, Intuit, Autodesk, and Alphabet / Google. Within two years, we have overseen 20 board placements and have secured $2 million in income through corporate and investor service offerings.
Board Chair, NACD
Managing Partner and Cofounder of WuHoover & Co. LLP
Board Chair of Recology
Born in the Philippines of Chinese ancestry, Dennis is one of the best-known businessmen in San Francisco and a longtime leader among Asian Americans in the Bay Area. A retired partner of Deloitte, he founded its Southeast Asia desk and its Chinese Services Group. He is currently the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of WuHoover, a CPA advisory firm. Dennis currently serves as the Chair of Recology Board of Directors, Chair of the NACD Northern California Chapter Board, and as the Chair of the San Francisco Chapter of APAPA. Dennis’s extensive community involvement has included being the first person of color to serve as President of The Commonwealth Club of California as well as serving on the boards of the Cow Palace, San Francisco Ballet, and the Foundation of City College of San Francisco. In 2007, he was honored as CFO of the year for community service by the San Francisco Business Times; and in 2014, he was honored by the Chinese Culture Foundation with their Lifetime Achievement Award in Community Building. Dennis was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times in 2015 with its Outstanding Director’s Award. In April 2019, he was honored by the Angel Island Immigration Station with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California and received his B.S. in Accounting and M.B.A. in Accounting/Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.