The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Hosts Fourth Annual WELL Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, representing thousands of local businesses of all sizes, is hosting its fourth annual WELL Conference on Thursday, October 7, 2021. WELL, which stands for Women Empowering Leadership & learning, is an initiative of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, showing a commitment to represent all genders at all levels and across all industries.

With a focus on empowerment, leadership, and education, WELL provides workplace resources, best practices, and a broad community of support for attendees to advance gender equality and workplace inclusion within their own organizations. Programs also include networking events and intimate speaker series. This year’s event will be virtual.

Attendees will get the opportunity to learn from diverse speakers and gain insights into how they can empower themselves and their colleagues to create a more equitable San Francisco. This year’s event will be hosted by Melinda Yee Franklin, Board Chair of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. There will also be an opportunity drawing for (2) round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies at the close of the program.

WELL Conference Speakers Include:
• Katharine Pullis, Director, SFO Base Chief Pilot, Alaska Airlines
• Carly Buck, Owner, Brewvino,SF
• Lawanda Dickerson, Owner and Operator, U3Fit
• Maya Agaskar, Managing Director, Accenture
• Melinda Yee Franklin, West Region Executive, Community Engagement/Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
• Panel Moderated By: Shruti Kothari, Director of Industry Initiatives, Blue Shield of California

The conference will also feature a special update on the WELL cohort presented by Accenture, a program to empower San Francisco women-owned small businesses. 2021 marked the inaugural year for the WELL Cohort Program as the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce highlighted two women-owned San Francisco small businesses as two groups of mid-level managers from Accenture and the WELL community worked together to help elevate the small businesses.

"Companies with a culture of inclusion and equality are better able to grow and innovate and I'm thrilled that Accenture is working with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce to push our business community forward," said John Gingrich, Managing Director and Northern California Office Lead, Accenture. "The pandemic has disproportionately impacted women, and this is a critical time for leaders to prioritize equity and help reverse some of the regressive effects on gender equality that have occurred in the last 18 months."

“Blue Shield of California is proud to support the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s 4thAnnual WELL Conference,” said Paul Brown, area vice president of Blue Shield of California and San Francisco Chamber of Commerce board member. “We are committed to supporting gender equality and workplace inclusion both inside our company and in the communities we serve. We are excited to join thousands of small business customers in valuable discussions about creating a more equitable San Francisco at this year’s WELL conference.”

The San Francisco WELL Program is presented by Accenture and supported by: Blue Shield of California, Comcast, VISA, PG&E, Alaska Airlines, Blackrock, Deloitte, Hanson Bridgett, Recology, AT&T, Fisher Phillips, Kaiser Permanente, Golden State Warriors, Redwood Credit Union and the San Francisco Department of the Status of Women. For more information on the WELL program, visit sfchamber.com/community/well.

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