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Women Corporate Directors Come to Silicon Valley


WCD’s 10th Global Institute to be Held at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Bringing 250 Women Board Members to the Valley in May
“Harnessing the Transformative Power of Technology”

SAN JOSE, CA – January 24, 2019 – Eight months after California passed a law mandating a minimum number of women directors for boards of public companies based in the state, WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) is holding its annual WCD Global Institute – “Harnessing the Transformative Power of Technology” – in Silicon Valley. The first time the Institute will be held on the West Coast, the event is May 19-22, 2019, at the brand-new headquarters of Hewlett Packard Enterprise opening later this year in San Jose.

“WCD is a global organization of more than 2,400 women who sit on corporate boards in 41 countries around the world,” says Susan C. Keating, CEO of WCD. “Already our membership is being tapped to go on more boards in California, as members represent leadership in every industry – including highly in-demand financial experts – and are sought after by companies who want to raise their percentage of women directors.”

“Technology has quickly become a major governance concern of every corporate board, and we want to convene at the heart of the industry, meeting with its top leaders,” says Evelyn Dilsaver, WCD’s Global Institute Co-chair and a director of Tempur+Sealy, Blue Shield of California, HealthEquity, and Protiviti. “Our three-day agenda includes state-of-the-art panels and keynote speakers on everything from cyberhacking, blockchain, and augmented intelligence to corporate culture and the board’s role in M&A. Our women corporate directors make up some of the most powerful women worldwide – the aggregate market cap of public companies on whose boards our members sit is over $8 trillion. This Global Institute should be both exciting and timely both for our members and the Valley.”

Theo Schwabacher, Co-chair of the Institute with Dilsaver and SVP at Morgan Stanley with deep roots in the Bay Area investment community, highlights the Institute’s focus on innovation this year: “Volatility is here to stay, and boards are seeking new ways for their companies to stay competitive in environments of uncertainty. They are looking for new ways to inspire innovation, both inside and outside the organization. Clearly there is no better place to discuss innovation than Silicon Valley, and we are putting together a roster of some of the industry’s best innovative minds to meet with our directors.”

More topics are being added to the WCD Global Institute agenda weekly and will be announced as they are added. The Institute’s social media hashtag, #WCDSiliconValley, can be followed for updates on speakers, panels, special events, and more.

Registration for the Global Institute will open at the end of January; the Institute is open only to members and invited guests.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Oaks Brownstein or Trang Mar of Temin and Company at 212-588-8788 or news@teminandco.com. The Global Institute is open only to members and invited guests. Some sessions will be open to select media. For media interested in attending, please send email to Temin at address above.

About WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation, Inc.
The WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation, Inc. (WCD) is the only global membership organization and community of women corporate directors. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, WCD has 80 chapters around the world. The aggregate market capitalization of public companies on whose boards WCD members serve is over $8 trillion. In addition, WCD members serve on numerous boards of large private and family-run companies globally. For more information visit www.womencorporatedirectors.org or follow us on Twitter @WomenCorpDirs, #WCDboards, #WCDSiliconValley.

Upcoming WCD events:

WCD Asia Pacific Institute: February 21-22, 2019, Tokyo, Japan
“Resilient Leadership for a Disruptive Era”

WCD Global Institute: May 19-22, 2019: Silicon Valley, California
“Harnessing the Transformative Power of Technology”

Charu Sharma To Receive CloudNOW's 2018 Top Woman Entrepreneur in Cloud Innovation


San Francisco, CA - January 22, 2018 – Charu Sharma, Founder of Next Play's Ellen.ai application that personalizes career and leadership development for enterprise employees, will be recognized by CloudNOW as a Top Woman Entrepreneur in Cloud Innovation and will be speaking alongside Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and Hadi Partovi, founder of Code.org, among others. Sponsored by Facebook, Intel and Google, the ceremony will be hosted by Facebook Production Engineering at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California on January 29. Previous winners have included the President of Code.org as well as female tech executives from Intel, Netflix, Cisco 
and Walmart.

"I am deeply honored to be recognized with such an esteemed set of peers and all the more energized to level the playing field in the workforce by creating equal access to career advancement and mentorship opportunities for everyone," said Charu Sharma, Founder of NextPlay.ai, backed by LinkedIn's SVP Engineering, 500 Startups and Techcrunch's former CEO.

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Catalyst 2019 Award Winners just announced


Catalyst just announced that Bank of America, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Eli Lilly and Company, and Schneider Electric will receive the prestigious 2019 Catalyst Award for their bold and forward-thinking initiatives that help create safe and inclusive workplaces where women can advance.

This year’s Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner—to be held Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the New York Hilton Midtown—celebrate these exceptional initiatives that show us change is possible. Following a turbulent time for women in the workplace, this year’s event will focus on the Future@Work and what it takes for companies to transform workplace cultures and remain innovative and competitive, now and in the future.
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