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Silicon Valley Leadership Group Celebrates Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

Congresswoman Karen Bass to Speak on Racial Justice & Equity


San Jose, CA, July 17, 2020 –
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that guarantees and protects a woman’s constitutional right to vote. Today, more than 68 million women in the United States vote in elections because of the courageous activists of the Women’s Suffrage Movement who never gave up the fight for equality.

In commemoration of this historic centennial, the Leadership Group is pleased to present Celebration of Women, a virtual event that brings together panels of powerhouse women leaders who will discuss today’s issues of racial justice, equity, empowerment and leadership.

This event represents the culmination of our year-long Celebration of Women Leaders series that kicked off on August 16, 2019, with Call to Leadership, when we were honored to host Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo at NASA Ames Research Center.

Throughout the 12 months of events and activities that followed, which included policy dialogues, speaker events, and conferences, we engaged women – and men – in conversations and partnerships designed to elevate women and girls into positions of leadership and influence. While our country has made great strides in gender parity with civic and organizational leadership, we want to continue to ensure that women are uplifted, recognized, and celebrated.

To learn more about our year-long Celebration of Women Leaders series click HERE.

Celebration of Women Centennial Event *speakers and panelists include:

  • Jennifer Siebel Newsom, First Partner of California
  • Maria Shriver, Journalist and former First Lady of California
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus
  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
  • Cindy Chavez, President, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
  • Esther Lem, Chief Marketing Officer, Chegg
  • Darla Hutton, Vice President, US Marketing & Custom Hospital Analytics, Intuitive Surgical
  • Annabel Chang, Vice President, Bay Area, Alaska Airlines
  • Ruth Cotter, Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing, Human Resources and Investor Relations, AMD
  • Carin Taylor, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Workday
  • Arden Hoffman, Chief People Officer, Cruise, LLC
  • Lena Nicolaides, SVP & General Manager of Laser Scanning and SWIFT pattern inspection products, KLA
  • Marie Oh Huber, SVP, General Counsel & Secretary, eBay
  • Hannah Gordon, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, San Francisco 49ers
  • Sonja Wilkerson, EVP and Chief People Officer, Bloom Energy
  • Raquel González, Silicon Valley Market President, Bank of America

*None of the speakers or panelists are receiving funds or donations to appear at this event.

WHEN:

Thursday, July 23, 2020
8:30 am – 11:20 am

WHERE:

Tickets to the Zoom virtual event range from $30-$50 and are available HERE.

MEDIA:

Media should register HERE. Select “Enter Promotional Code” link and enter the MEDIA-WCC20 code to register at no charge. For questions or concerns, contact Pam Kelly, Sr. Comms. Manager at [email protected] or call (408) 483-2410.

AGENDA

8:30 – 8:40 am: Welcome


8:40 – 9:30 am:
 Women Leaders and Lifting Up Our Rising Stars

Introduction: Celeste Cooper, Vice President & Chief of Staff to the CEO, Western Digital

Spotlight Speaker: Maria Shriver, American journalist, author, former First Lady of California

Closer/Introduction: Rhonda Johnson, President, AT&T California

Panelists: Esther Lem, Chief Marketing Officer, Chegg

Arden Hoffman, Chief People Officer, Cruise, LLC

Darla Hutton, Vice President- US Marketing & Custom Hospital Analytics, Intuitive Surgical

Lena Nicolaids, Senior Vice President and General Manager, KLA

Anna Eshoo, Congresswoman, California

Ruth Cotter, SVP Worldwide Marketing, Human Resources and Investor Relations, AMD

Cindy Chavez, President, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Closing Comments: Traci Lee, Senior Public Policy Manager, Lyft

9:30 – 10:20 am: Racial Justice & Equity

Introduction: TBD

Spotlight Speaker: Congressmember Karen Bass, Congressional Black Caucus Chair

Panel Moderator: Annabel Chang, Vice President, Bay Area, Alaska Airlines

Panelists: Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressional Black Caucus Chair

Carin Taylor, VP and Chief Diversity Officer, Workday

Hannah Gordon, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, San Francisco 49ers

Quita Highsmith, Chief Diversity Officer, Genentech

Raquel González, Silicon Valley Market President, Bank of America

Closing Comments: TBD

10:20 – 11:10 am: Women in Leadership

Introduction: TBD

Fireside Chat: First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Co-moderators: Marie Oh Huber, SVP, General Counsel & Secretary, eBay

Sonja Wilkerson, EVP and Chief People Officer, Bloom Energy

Closing Comments: TBD

11:10 – 11:20 am: Closing Remarks

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
The Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 340 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including education, energy, environment, health, housing, tax policies, tech and innovation and transportation. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit svlg.org.

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