Talia Rhodes is a Humanities teacher at Mount Tamalpais School in Mill Valley, California, an independent K-8 school. She is a founding member of the school’s Community Leadership Group, which strives to increase diversity and inclusion. Before moving back to the Bay Area, Talia was the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Uncommon Schools, a high performing charter network of 43 schools located in the Northeast. Under her 3 years of leadership, her school outperformed its district by over 40% on the New York State Exam. Prior to becoming a Dean, Talia was a teacher at an elementary all-girls charter school in Brooklyn. Talia started her career in education as a Teach For America corps member, teaching in Harlem.
Talia obtained her undergraduate degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and her masters in teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education.
Rachel E. Skiffer is the Head of School at Khan Lab School (KLS) in Mountain View, California, an independent school affiliated with Khan Academy that provides a full-year, mastery-based, grades-free program for students ages 5-18+. Previous to her work at KLS, Rachel was the Dean of Policy & Strategic Planning at Phillips Academy (Andover), and worked in admissions and financial aid at San Francisco University High School, the Latin School of Chicago, and Harvard College. Before Rachel discovered her passion for working in education, she was a commercial real estate attorney at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago and Heller Ehrman in San Francisco.
Rachel holds degrees in women’s studies and law from Harvard, and is the doting mom of Josiah and Tess.
Peggy Deamer is Professor Emerita of Yale University’s School of Architecture where she taught studio/design and contemporary theory seminars. She is principal in the firm of Deamer, Studio, and formerly, a partner in Deamer + Phillips. Her design work has appeared in HOME, Home and Garden, Progressive Architecture, Vogue, and The New York Times amongst other journals. She is the founder and the Research Coordinator of the Architecture Lobby, a group advocating for the value of architectural design and labor. She is the editor of Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present and The Architect as Worker: Immaterial Labor, the Creative Class, and the Politics of Design and the forthcoming Architecture and Labor. Articles by her have appeared in Log, Avery Review, e-Flux, and Harvard Design Magazine amongst other journals. Her theory work explores the relationship between subjectivity, design, and labor in the current economy. She received the Architectural Record 2018 Women in Architecture Activist Award.
Rachel Adam Rogers is an artist and graphic designer, known for her playful and colorful work. After graduating from Colgate University with a major in Political Science, she felt drawn towards a career in creativity and eventually went back to school at Parsons School of Design to pursue a career in Graphic Design. Upon graduating, she spent years in New York designing book covers for all the major publishers as a graphic designer for Rodrigo Corral Studio. After moving back to San Francisco, she established her freelance career as both a graphic designer and watercolor-based illustrator/artist, opening Rachel Rogers Design which primarily focuses on custom crests, wedding invitations, stationery and other fun commissions as well as ready-made art that is sold on various platforms (Chairish, Artfully Walls, Maisonette). Rachel currently lives in San Francisco's Outer Sunset with her husband and two kiddos.
Dayle Hochman Burnes is the COO of Western Region Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley. Her banking career spans nearly 25 years on both coasts in client-facing and management roles alike. Dayle has had the pleasure of working for many great organizations, including Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Co. and Robertson Stephens.
Dayle holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania as well as a MBA from Columbia Business School. Above all, she is the proud mother of her three inordinately busy children, Jack, Brad and Tayte.
Jennifer Carter is the VP of Venture Operations at McKessonVentures. She leads a team responsible for fund management, portfolio development, headcount and budget, marketing and PR. Jennifer has over 20 years of healthcare experience from various roles across the McKesson enterprise ranging from strategy to Six Sigma.
Jennifer holds a B.S. in Economics from Boston College. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Jacques, son Tristan and their two spirited dogs – Pia and Iggy.
McKesson Ventures is the venture capital arm for McKessonCorporation, ranked 6th on the FORTUNE 500. It is a healthcare services and information technology dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better.
Kimberly Fullerton is an attorney and a member of Spencer Stuart’s Legal, Compliance and Regulatory and Human Resources practices. She has more than 23 years of executive search experience. Kimberly leads general counsel, chief compliance officer, and chief human resource officer searches, as well as senior-level legal and human resources assignments across multiple industries, including technology, consumer goods, healthcare, industrial and financial services. Kimberly has also conducted high-level business and corporate development and licensing searches for a variety of technology companies. Her clients include publicly held corporations as well as private equity and venture-backed companies.
Kimberly graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned her law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Camille Hampton is an Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Global Banking and Markets. In this role, she leads the development, communication, implementation and measurement of commercial bank growth initiatives designed to responsibly capture incremental market share of private companies generating between $5-$50 million in annual revenue. Prior to her career in banking, Camille was a performer and dance team choreographer for the National Basketball Association and head coach of the University of California - Davis dance team. Active in the community, she serves in a leadership capacity for several organizations committed to driving diverse, accessible and inclusive educational opportunities for students across the Bay Area. Camille resides in San Francisco and holds a Bachelors of Science in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco.
Stina Skewes-Cox Trainor has a decade-plus experience in the public sector. She worked in the United States Congress for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) before joining the Obama administration as UN Ambassador Samantha Power’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Protocol. Most recently she served as Assistant Commissioner for External Affairs at the New York City Department of Finance before joining the private sector in late 2019. She currently works at Facebook as Head of Policy Visits. In addition to her government experience, she has worked in philanthropy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a Deputy Director in Global Policy and Advocacy. She holds a bachelor’s from UC Irvine and a master’s in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University. Stina recently relocated back to the Bay Area with her husband, a high school social studies teacher, and their two small children.
Lisa McKnight serves as Senior Vice President, Marketing, North America, Mattel, a role she has held since 2016. In this role, Lisa leads a global team focused on brand strategy, product development and marketing execution for Barbie. She has been instrumental in evolving the brand to make it more relevant and compelling to girls and parents around the world, leading to consistently improved retail sales and deeper consumer engagement.
Lisa has spoken at many conferences, including the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Fast Company Innovation Festival, WFA Global Marketer Conference, Most Contagious Summit, Brand Innovators and Bentonville Film Festival. She is also the 2016 recipient of AdWeek’s Brand Genius Award, and serves on the Boards of MAKERS Women and the Toy Industry Association Foundation.
She resides in Los Angeles with her husband Bill and their two daughters.
Blair Rosenblatt Shane ’85 is a change agent and an entrepreneurial leader. While a Partner and CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) at Sequoia for more than six years, she led a mighty team of marketers focused on helping founders build legendary companies. Blair's unique experience makes her well suited to helping a partnership and portfolio made up of diverse, intelligent and driven individuals drive results. She left Sequoia in February 2020 to pursue her next big operating or leadership role. Prior to Sequoia, Blair was CMO and Associate Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she revitalized its marketing function through in the words of the school "high energy, a real spark, dedication to delivering on her commitments, and a real love of the school." She joined Stanford from the Academy of Sciences where, as CMO, she reopened the museum in 2008 and introduced programs such as NightLife and variable pricing to rejuvenate attendance. Before that, Blair spent seven years at Charles Schwab where she was VP of marketing planning and integration.
Blair earned her MBA from Stanford University and BA in history from Johns Hopkins University. Following her undergraduate work, Blair founded the non-profit Hands on San Francisco (now Hands on Bay Area) with the goal of motivating busy professionals to volunteer for community organizations in the Bay area.
In whatever job she is in, Blair is passionate about creating new possibilities and getting what may be perceived as impossible done. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Rick and is the proud mom of Zoe and Luke.
A creative communications leader, Martina has built a career around placing the spotlight on the agencies, brands, and executives driving some of the biggest marketing and business transformations in the world.
Martina is currently Vice President, Communications & Engagement US at WPP, the world’s largest marketing services organization. In this role, Martina is responsible for enhancing WPP’s profile and reputation in its largest market with key audiences including influencers, media, clients, partners, and WPP’s 100,000+ talented employees.
Martina graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in English Literature. A San Francisco native, Martina currently resides in New York where she and her husband are constantly on the lookout for the next best restaurant.
After graduating from University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Biopsychology and a minor in Exercise Science, Erica knew she wanted to persue a career in health/wellness/medicine, yet wasn't quite sure what that would be. She first obtained a medical assistant certificate and worked in a private orthopedic office. It was there that she decided to go into nursing, so she opted to get her Masters in Nursing as an Advanced Practice Nurse at the University of San Francisco. She is now a family nurse practitioner. "I have my dream job as an N.P. in orthopaedics at San Francisco General Hospital, where I have been a nurse since 2006, and in my current role as an NP since 2008," she says. She is a certified wound care nurse, with a subspecialty in diabetic wound care, and she treats and manages a challenging population stricken with mental illnesses, substance use, and marginal housing.
Dr. Katy Lonergan a San Francisco-based licensed psychologist specializing in anxiety, depression, and attachment-related interpersonal trauma.
After attending Marin Academy and earning a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound, Katy worked in Human Resources, Training, and Development for various organizations (international law firm, high tech public relations agencies, luxury goods e-tailer, and a public sector research lab). She also earned a Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. However, while volunteering at CPMC’s Irene Swindell’s Adult Day Health Center, she re-discovered her passion for serving the public. She then started graduate school at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology. Throughout her training, Katy worked at numerous community mental health clinics, medical-psychiatry outpatient clinics, inpatient psychiatric units, and long-term care facilities, and infant mental health clinics providing trauma-informed child-parent psychotherapy. She currently works part-time as a Staff Psychologist providing behavioral health services to residents of skilled nursing facilities in San Francisco through MedOptions. Katy has a private practice in Lower Pacific Heights where she work with individuals struggling with shame, anxiety, perfectionism, depression, trauma, and interpersonal challenges. She is actively involved with the San Francisco Psychological Association as an Early Career Psychologist Committee Member and is also a member of the American Psychological Association and California Psychological Association.
Whitney Gaynor is the co-founder and CEO of Sinovia Technologies. Sinovia is using traditional printing techniques to make screens for small electronics. Since founding the company, Whitney has raised over $2.5M in research grants from government agencies, taken Sinovia through the Y Combinator startup accelerator, formed commercial partnerships, and raised $8M in equity investment in anticipation of the company’s first product release in late 2019. She has also authored multiple scientific papers in her field that have been collectively cited over 950 times.
Whitney holds an S.B. from MIT and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford in Materials Science and Engineering. She resides with her husband and son in Menlo Park.
As the Corporate VP of Global Retail & Consumer Packaged Goods Industries at Microsoft, Shelley Bransten is responsible for driving strategic partnerships and accelerating growth for Microsoft and its customers in the Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods industries. She works with internal and external partners, retailers, and brands around the world to identify areas of collaboration, drive innovation, and help them reimagine their business in today’s competitive retail and branded manufacturing environment.
Shelley joined Microsoft in August 2018 from Salesforce, where she was SVP of Retail and CPG Industry Solutions for four plus years. In this capacity, she managed the development and launch of transformative business solutions that addressed unique challenges facing the retail and consumer industries while aggressively influencing internal product development and M&A in this space.
Her past experience includes nearly 16 years with Gap Inc., where she set the vision and execution of world-class Customer Relationship Management (CRM) programs for Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta and Old Navy. As VP of Customer Relationship Management for the world’s largest specialty retailer, she oversaw development and implementation of the customer database and direct-to-customer marketing. She has also held corporate positions at Williams-Sonoma, Smith & Hawken, and Visa USA.
Shelley earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from Duke University, and master’s degree in Business Administration from University of California at Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco with her two sons and black Labrador, Flash. Outside of work, you can find her cheering on her sons from the sidelines of soccer fields and basketball courts, enjoying Vinyasa yoga, and volunteering at local food kitchens and shelters.
Stephanie Dee is a Sr. Product Manager at Riot Games, working on projects in early R&D. Before that, she was a senior engineer and the first employee at indie gaming startup Radiant Entertainment, which shipped F2P PC game fighting game Rising Thunder, and Kickstarter-funded community-builder Stonehearth. Before that she was the Design Lead for the vSphere Client, VMware's flagship enterprise software solution and before THAT, she graduated from Stanford with a Master's degree in CS with a focus on HCI, and a Bachelor's in Symbolic Systems. She credits her years at Burke's for starting her down a path in STEM, and especially Ms. Auberson's Multimedia Lab for first inspiring her to imagine a career in video games. Her favorite games are Final Fantasy X, Mass Effect 2, Minecraft, and The Sims. She once wrote a lot about "following your passion" on a blog post here. Ask her anything about: Riot, the games industry, Kickstarter, games vs enterprise, work-life-balance, engineering, career transitions, and project management.
Rachel Rubenstein leads an Executive Coaching practice dedicated to leadership development with an emphasis on communication skills.
Rachel inspires and empowers individuals and teams to lead and communicate with greater clarity, confidence, and connection. She helps clients strengthen communication and presentation skills, develop self-awareness, build productive networks, boost confidence, and enhance the overall quality of personal and professional endeavors. Her practice supports clients ranging from senior executives and business school professors and students to formerly incarcerated individuals.
Rachel's background in the performing arts coupled with her experience serving a wide array of cross-industry clientele, contributes to her unique coaching style.
Relying on strategic process combined with intuitive insight, acting methods, and a strong academic foundation, Rachel offers her clients a highly personalized approach to enhance learning, insight and clarity in a safe environment.
Rachel earned a distinguished graduate certification in Executive Coaching from Columbia University in New York and a Masters in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard.
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